A successful workplace safety program can result in happier and healthier employees, increased productivity, lower costs, improved morale and retention, and more.
Implementing a successful workplace safety program can be challenging despite these benefits. Below are three reasons why that’s the case and what you can do overcome them.
Reason #1: Top Management
Effective safety programs must be communicated clearly and strictly enforced by top management.
When you develop a workplace safety program, consider the following steps:
- Set measurable goals and establish an initial benchmark. What is your previous record between workplace accidents? Set a goal to beat it.
- Develop a reward structure that values workplace safety.
- Don’t be afraid to discipline violators of the new policy.
- Make a commitment to yourself to model desired behaviors. Remember that 70% of communication is non-verbal.
Reason #2: Time
Instituting a workplace safety program takes time. When you have so much on your plate, it's easy to put maintenance and enforcement off.
When you’re buried with work, think of your workplace safety program as a direct means of improving your cash flow and cutting costs. In fact, an effective workplace safety plan can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars…per employee.
Reason #3: Lack Of Understanding
Every employee needs to understand the value of workplace safety programs. If they don’t, the program won’t succeed.
Explain that the program keeps employees safe and improves the company’s bottom line. Make sure to explain how that extra cash can go toward investing in new equipment, giving bigger holiday bonuses, and more.
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