Guest Post By: Maxwell Donovan
As a leader, you know the importance of workplace safety.
Thus, you have dedicated several resources towards building a comprehensive safety agenda and programs, used best practices, and even attended a corporate security conference to train supervisors and staff that would make safety a priority in the workplace.
After all the preparation, it seems like there is still a disconnection between the behaviors and attitude of your employees and your safety program goals.
So, once again, as the leader, how can you fully embrace your employee safety agenda and influence your workers to be committed too?
1. Leaders Should Be the Champion of Safety
Successful implementation of safety programs and every other program depends largely on the support and motivation of the leaders. Thus, all leaders or supervisors of every team need to thrive in order to set a positive example and abiding the same safety policies expected of their teams.
In addition, leaders should also offer consistent feedback in behavior-based safety where leaders take the time to observe their team and offer feedback while encouraging them to stay safe and informed about all safety procedures.
2. Make Safety A Part of Workplace Culture
From the minute potential candidates walk through your company doors for an interview, they should feel and know that safety is a part of your business’s central values.
In order to do this, you can include safety reminders as well as training in all steps of the onboarding and hiring process as well as following them every working day.
In addition, you can demonstrate a consistent commitment to safety by presenting your employees with daily safety topics as well as a guided stretching exercise to start each shift.
3. Utilize Positive Reinforcements
Behavioral scientists defined positive reinforcement as any consequence which causes a behavior to be repeated or increase in frequency.
Thus, as a leader, you need to know that safety programs and positive reinforcement go hand-in-hand. This can be done by constantly reminding your team that they are making a significant difference and thanking them often.
With that said, you should never, ever ignore any safety mishaps, regardless of how small or minor it can be.
A study revealed that when safety monitoring is partnered with a learning-supportive environment, the participation of employees in safety procedures will also increase.
In short, leaders need to be diligent when addressing safety issues. And in order to do so with efficiency, they need to approach even the smallest initial concerns as learning lessons and not to be overly harsh.
4. A Part of The Safety Process
Your employees will be more motivated and committed to following your safety agenda if they play an active role in it.
AS mentioned before, this can also be done by reminding them that their diligence towards safety offers a direct impact on their safety, their co-workers, and their workplace. On monthly or even weekly meetings, you can take a few minutes to give recognition to your specific employees who diligently follow the safety procedures and practices in the workplace.
A simple handshake or round of applause would definitely boost any employee’s motivation and make them strive harder to embrace safety protocols while also influencing others to commit to your organization’s safety agenda.
In addition, you can also make them a part of the safety process, literally, by assigning them roles in a workplace safety committee you have created. You can also ask for employee feedback to make them feel more engaged.
5. Use Employee Feedback
Whenever your employee provides feedback, make sure that you use that, and add necessary changes. When an innovative idea or an observation is submitted, you need to take action and make it known that you appreciate such participation.
In addition, if a majority of your employees feel upset about a specific safety practice, then leaders need to discuss it with their staff in order to know how it can be improved or changed.
When employees feel that you are open to change and genuinely listen to their concerns, they’ll be less resistant and more motivated to comply with your safety agenda.
Our thanks to Maxwell Donovan for sharing this employee safety advice for corporate leaders. Maxwell is a guest contributor to many blogs, and we appreciate his contribution to Best Panic Alarm.
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