RISK EDUCATION—Start the New Year off right with these great tips for reducing some of the risks for your business. And since “Safety Is Always First,” the first half of our resolutions will focus on safety.
- Hold monthly safety meetings.
Safety meetings clear the way for your people to be safer and for your company to be more profitable.
- Double-check all your equipment from a safety standpoint.
One company changed the type of ladder they were using and decreased accidents (and Workers’ Compensation claims).
- Encourage employees to report any and all areas of potential danger.
As the “boots on the ground” in your factory and the “hands-on machine operators,” your employees are often the best source for spotting possible problem areas.
- Set up safety awards banquets.
Create meaningful awards that recognize employees for successfully handling safety-related situations.
Certificates are okay, too, but being recognized as part of the company’s makeup—and from a consensus opinion of the workforce—has the most meaning.
- Include non-management participation in all aspects of your safety awards.
This includes the creation of the awards and choosing the recipients.
Obtaining feedback and participation from non-management employees is a vital step in making these awards a success.
- Set up “Early Back To Work Awards” for employees who’ve suffered on-the-job injuries.
This type of award would be given to an employee who returned to work as soon as they were released for work by their physician.
- Post a No Harassment (of any kind) Notice.
Many employees will follow leadership examples on this issue, so make sure your company’s attitude starts at the top.
Some companies are also seeing great benefits from promoting “Mindfulness” education and activities.
- Encourage breaks. Research shows that employees who take regular breaks are MORE productive.
Employees with time cards usually have scheduled 15 minute breaks each morning and afternoon.
Staff employees may not have scheduled breaks, so encourage them to self-monitor a few minutes of downtime to recharge their batteries a couple of times a day.
- Offer free English classes to any employees who are non-native English speakers.
Check to see if there are any state-funded programs in your area. English classes increase employee retention rates (and morale).
Some companies even offer added motivation in the form of a few cents an hour raise to employees who complete certain levels of their programs.
- Sick Employees? Create an atmosphere where “staying home to avoid spreading germs” is encouraged.
Your company will probably avoid more lost productivity from other employees getting sick.
And your employees will also appreciate the protection from contagious sicknesses they would then take home to their own families.
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