We could go into why it is important to have safety procedures in the workplace, but you likely already know that. In fact, you have probably spent a fair bit of money developing and implementing these procedures. You know that safety programs can help to increase productivity and that absenteeism lowers when they are introduced. You also know that a safe work environment makes for happier employees and it reduces business costs and disruptions. And most importantly, you know that these safety procurers protect your company’s most important asset — its people.
Having safety procedures in place is paramount to the success of any business. However, all the time, money, and effort that goes into developing them falls to the wayside when employees don’t practice them.
So how do you motivate your team to start following necessary safety procedures?
Make Safety an Important Part of Your Company’s Culture
Your company’s culture is the beliefs and behaviors that at its core, guides and influences how the company, employees, and management interact and handle themselves. While often not clearly defined, incorporating and expressing safety as a core value of your business from the start will help ensure your team adheres to these procedures.
Lead By Example
In order to successfully engage any program, safety or otherwise, it is imperative to provide your employees with support and guidance via your management teams. This means that management should serve as the benchmark for how other employees engage safety in the workplace.
Organizations have long understood the power of positive reinforcement, and it goes hand-in-hand with motivating employees to follow safety procedures. This can be as simple as reminding employees of the importance of following these procedures and the tangible difference they make by abiding.
Allow Employees to Take Ownership Of Safety Procedures
Employees are more committed and more likely to abide by safety procedures when they feel as though they play an integral role in them. As mentioned earlier, this can take the form of positive reinforcement, but it also means having a system in place in which the feedback of your workforce on safety procedures is being heard and recognized.
Utilize Employee Feedback
While it is always important to encourage employees to provide feedback if that information is not used it can actually have the opposite effect. When you provide a voice to your employees regarding their safety and well-being, and more importantly, allow that voice to be recognized and influence procedure, you’ll notice an increase in adherence.
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