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Motivating employees to participate in the company’s safety programs is crucial in the maintenance of a safe and proficient working atmosphere. Safety programs are tailor-made according to the industry the business is in. But whatever workflow is utilized to suit the needs of the company, a safety program's effectiveness depends on how suitable it is in the many factors to consider: the kind of business, the size and location of the company, the number and distribution of workers and the resources and equipment used by the workers.
Setting the Company Vision
It is always important for the company to set the right goals and share them with the workers in order to keep a solid vision in the workplace. A mantra, a slogan, or a tag line respective to the company vision can serve as a guide and inspiration to the employees. This should also be incorporated into the safety programs to be implemented in the workplace.
Consult safety experts, industry specialists, architects and engineers along with the workers themselves in order to make specific safety programs fit the company. These should correlate to the company vision. When this is done, employees can better relate to these programs and will be motivated to follow such safety procedures for the betterment of themselves and the company.
Promoting Safety Programs
Information dissemination is vital to the success of any company safety program. The workers need to know the details of these programs in order to apply them in their daily work. Provide handbooks and internal marketing materials like posters, fliers, brochures or even videos and giveaway items like keychains, stickies and memo pads to inform and remind them about these programs and how important they are in maintaining an ideal workplace.
Good safety programs work from the bottom up. One great tip in motivating workplace safety to employees is by providing them incentives. Incentives sensitive to the workers' needs and interests can further encourage participation in such safety programs.
In creating incentive programs, part of the safety policy should be a clear system of rewards based on safety performance while in the workplace. The workers should acknowledge the concept that behavior is the means to safety, and incentives are a proven means to improve behavior. An incentive can be changed periodically as the program matures or when it requires specific changes. A good incentive reward amount should be around 3 to 5 percent of salary.
Reports and Meetings
In making company reports and updates, include information about the safety programs and incentives to remind the employees about them. Feedback is vital in improving the safety programs and incentives, so encourage employee comment following dissemination of the reports.
Seminars and Workshops
Regular seminars or workshops, whether for specific departments or all the employees of the company, can provide employees a better grasp of how to maintain a safe workplace. The company should be proactive rather than reactive. This means identifying dangerous behavior and using education and incentive programs to reduce or eliminate it. This is a more comprehensive and effective process than merely tracking accidents as they happen in the workplace.
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