Commit to safety
Workers should know safety procedures are instituted to protect them, not frustrate them. Use the following tips to help your employees make a genuine commitment to safety:
Source: Adapted from The Motivational Manager, February issue
- Make safety an ongoing process. Emphasizing safety only when an inspection is scheduled allows workers to treat safety as a one-time bid for compliance. Workers need to know safety is a continuous responsibility.
- Involve employees in safety decisions. Help workers view safety procedures more positively by asking for their input about how to incorporate safety procedures into their work routines.
- Explain to workers why new rules are being implemented and how the rules will affect their daily routines. Don't just dictate rules and expect employees to follow them.
- Don't treat accidents as isolated incidents. If an accident occurs, encourage employees to identify system failures rather than blame individuals and use the opportunity to create better systems in the future.
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