Question: “What is the best way to encourage employees to "own" safety and realize that an effective safety program is a benefit to them?”
Answer: This is a cultural concern, and there’s no panacea, no single ingredient to build commitment and ownership. It is all about safety attitudes.
So I have a question for you: are you interested in delivering a free, online Safety Engagement Survey to your workforce, to learn more about safety attitudes?
- Employee Concerns of Serious Injury
- Perceptions of Safety Leadership
- If Employees Feel Valued
- Differences in Management & Workforce Perception
- The Degree of Autonomy Expressed by Employees
- Key Demographics: Age, Service Tenure, Education
If you’re interested, I can send you a custom link to your unique survey experience today—let me know!
Now back to your billion dollar safety question…there’s a whole consulting industry set up to help folks answer this, but I’ve got a few suggestions:
- Have employees participate in the formation of the training program, as a standing advisory group or safety committee, to earn buy-in the right way from the beginning.
- Working safely needs to be a condition of employment and part of performance evaluation. Write the necessary policies and procedures.
- Employees need education so they understand the value of safety training activity. Start connecting the dots for your workforce in new ways.
- Executive leadership has to demonstrate a commitment to safety. Jill’s playbook: Understanding Safety Leadership for CEOs & Management Teams
- Whatever you do, don’t bore them.