MOTIVATE EMPLOYEES TO FOLLOW YOUR SAFETY PROGRAM
You know the importance of safety, but do your employees? And, how can you motivate your employees to get on board?
You have dedicated numerous resources toward building comprehensive safety programs, used best practices to train supervisors & managers, and recruited candidates you felt would make safety a priority.
Are you still seeing a disconnection between your safety program and the attitudes and behaviours of your employees? If so, you may need to re-evaluate how you’re motivating employees to be committed to safety in your workplace. Take a look at the best practices below to learn more.
- Make safety an important part of your company’s culture
When candidates walk through your door for their first interview they should know that safety is one of the company’s central values. This can be done by safety reminders and training in the steps of onboarding processes as well as a reminder each work day. To demonstrate a commitment to safety, present employees with a daily safety topic and guided stretching exercise at the start of each day.
- Leadership should be champions of safety
Successful employee engagement in safety programs depends largely on the motivation and support of Leaders. All Leaders should set positive examples and abide by the same safety policies expected of their employees.
Along with this, leadership should provide consistent feedback on what is commonly known as behaviour-based safety. This can involve leadership taking time to observe employees and provide feedback, encouraging employees to stay safe and ensuring they are informed about all required safety procedures.
- Use positive reinforcement
This is defined by behavioural scientists as ‘any consequence that causes a behaviour to repeat or increase in frequency’. Positive reinforcement and safety programs should go hand in hand. Research has shown this can be done by reminding your employees that they are truly making a difference and thanking them often.
Leaders should not ignore safety mishaps, no matter how ‘minor’ they may be. When safety monitoring is combined with a learning-supportive environment, employee participation in safety procedures will increase. In other words, leaders should be diligent when addressing safety concerns, but to do that effectively they should approach initial concerns as learning lessons.
- Employees should feel ownership in the safety process
Employees will be more committed and motivated if they play an active role in safety programs. This can be done by reminding employees that their diligence towards safety has a direct impact on their safety, workplace and the safety of others. Therefore, employees should have numerous outlets available to provide feedback on their company’s safety program.
- Use employee feedback to reassess your safety program
When your company encourages employee feedback, be committed to using that feedback to make reasonable and necessary changes. When a good idea is submitted, take action in a timely fashion and make it know you appreciate the feedback and participation with positive reinforcement.
When your employees genuinely believe that you listen to their concerns, they will be more motivated and less restraint to complying with your safety program.
In order for your safety program to work your employees need to be motivated & committed. By making safety a priority from the first interview, using positive reinforcement to thank and educate, and by listening to and taking action with employee feedback, you will be on track towards a more compliant and safer workforce.
MAKE SAFETY A PRIORITY!!!