Safety At Work, Starts With Culture

According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, employees who miss six days or more of work due to workplace injuries, cost U.S. businesses nearly 62 billion dollars a year.

These injuries can be prevented.

A recent study from Gallup shows that business units with high engagement scores have 70% fewer safety incidents compared with bottom-quartile units. Safety is a major determinant of business success and needs to be deeply rooted throughout your organization. Incorporating safety into your company culture is the most effective way to set expectations, improve safety, increase engagement and save money.

Here are three simple ways you can create a safety-oriented corporate culture ensure the wellbeing of your employees.

Manager and Employee Relationships:

It is important for managers to have a great working relationship with their teams. This opens up the line of communication, allows for employees to voice their concerns, and helps upper management make smarter, faster improvements.

How To: Set up weekly one-on-one’s with the individuals on your team, take an interest in their professional and personal lives. Ask open-ended questions, and encourage feedback and ideas.

Purposeful Work:

Drawing a connection between your company’s mission and your employees is a great first step to improve employee engagement. When employees are aware of how their work impacts the success of their organization they find a deeper sense of purpose. This increases productivity, motivation, and employees are more careful and thoughtful with their decision-making.

How To: Hire people who are the right fit for your company culturally. When on-boarding new employees conduct trainings, provide mentorship opportunities and completely immerse them in your company culture. Have monthly company meetings, walk through strategies, plans, and progress. Ask individuals on your team to participate, provide feedback and ask questions.

Employee Empowerment:

Creating programs focused on organizational and safety improvements that allow your employees voices and opinions to be heard is only half the battle. The leadership team then needs to be transparent, and make the appropriate changes based on the feedback they receive. Ideas that come directly from your employees are more likely to have a high adoption rate, and will only make your business more efficient and safe.

How To: Offer employee engagement programs focused on driving innovation and idea generation. Conduct focus groups to improve company processes. Invite your employees to contribute and be a part of the process.  

The bottom line is that the more connected and heard your employees feel, the more engaged they will be at work: which means they will pay more attention to the details, use more thoughtful approaches, ask more questions, and have a bigger sense of pride in what they do. This leads to less mistakes, better outcomes, and less injury all around.

Your employees will have the culture they always wanted, and you’ll reap the benefits of cost savings.

Does your company have an impeccable company culture? Share with us in the comments.