Q & A: Paying Employees to Take Safety Training is Hard

Q & A: Paying Employees to Take Safety Training is Hard

Barrett Pryce

Barrett Pryce

Marketing Manager

Barrett Pryce is the Marketing Manager with Vivid Learning Systems, an online safety training provider making life a little easier for safety professionals.

Question: “Really trying to get middle management to understand that some training just might need to pull people out of the field and take the time to complete has been a major struggle as they are more concerned with having to pay people to train and not making money.”

Answer: While Jill & Todd (our in-house safety professionals) both had a crack at answering your question, we were moving pretty fast, and I left that one behind feeling as if there’s more to say on the subject…hear me out, okay?

I understand where middle management is coming from here. Team leads and supervisors have different pressures—goals deadlines, quotas—than the safety professional, and those influences and general mindset come from the goal-setters: ownership tier leaders.

Traditional live training sessions look like this: teams or groups out of production and into the classroom for hours of compliance training.

The cost is twofold: wages & benefits and lost productivity; that’s a tough pill to swallow for any ownership group. In fact, many of the customers we work with don’t even realize how much they’re spending/losing under this training model, because “they’ve always done it this way”.

So, the fear is real because the expense is real. And, this is an old problem (still common) our business is built to solve.

You need a way to train your employees efficiently without interrupting workflow, without scheduling whole groups of employees out of production, a way to minimize that two-way cost of lost productivity and paying people for training…you need online safety training.


US Department of Labor: A good safety and health program can save $4 to $6 dollars for every $1 dollar invested.

It’s not rocket science that the better someone is trained in how to do their job safely, the better they perform. So you also want to invest in safety training to increase productivity. Yet it’s not always easy to measure; Safety and HR professionals will always face senior level executives wanting to know what their return on investment is, so organizations are more and more focused on measuring the direct correlation between training and job performance – not an easy task.

Several study results have shown a positive correlation between investing in training and productivity. Firms who invest more in training report higher productivity levels among its employees.

With online safety training, organizations can accelerate time to productivity for new employees. Rather than having the employees wait for a certain date to take the training, organizations can deliver training in the first few days a new employee starts work, allowing that employee to focus on their job function faster. Or, for instance, a construction crew can use a rainy day to take compliance training, increasing productivity by not delaying the job, and making use of downtime. Another reason to invest in training is to keep skills current, stay competitive and prevent technological obsolescence.

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In particular, construction workers tend to love this campaign of ours called Not-So-Great Moments in Safety: https://vividlearningsystems.com/safety-toolbox/not-so-great-moments-in-safety