June 30, 2015 8:00 AM
It takes more than just a good idea to improve your business. Without proper execution, it’s hard for anything to succeed. This includes a workplace safety program for your business.
Whether it’s due to a lack of clarity or troublesome rule breakers, there are hurdles for some programs to succeed. Given the benefits of a workplace safety program, both obvious and less-apparent, it’s an endeavor worth taking. Here are three reasons why a safety program may fail and what you can do to help overcome them.
Bad communication can sink any program. What’s worse is when a program is communicated and then nobody follows through.
When it comes to workplace safety, everybody should be on board. Taking the following steps can help:
- Set measureable goals and establish an initial benchmark
- Develop a reward structure that values workplace safety
- Discipline violators of the new policy
- Make a commitment to yourself to model desired behaviors and set an example
Instituting a new program may take some time up front, but it will be worth it in the end. Don’t be afraid to spend time on safety procedures and training even when you’re in a busy season. It may make for a tight schedule early on in the process, but the safer environment and future savings will be worth the effort.
Lack of Understanding
Remember when we said bad communication is a threat to a new program? A lack of understanding can limit the effectiveness of a workplace safety program, so education is key. If everyone understands the value of the program, they’ll be more inclined to follow it.
If you’re in need of a workplace safety program or human resources management, Group Management Services can help. Contact us today to find out more how risk management and a workplace safety program can improve your business.