As a safety supervisor, you are tasked with making sure employees understand what is expected of them when it comes to carrying out safety procedures in the workplace. All too often employees are hurt in accidents that could have been avoided. It’s easy for employees to become distracted and forget important safety procedures. Keeping employees engaged in your organization’s safety message is sometimes a very difficult task. Having a safety recognition program can help!
Safety recognition is the timely, informal or formal acknowledgement of a person’s or team’s behavior, effort or result that supports the organizations safety goal’s and values. It is important to recognize employees who go beyond normal expectations in order to keep themselves and others safe in the workplace. implementing a safety recognition program is a great way to boost morale and keep employees actively involved with the organization’s safety message.
Employee morale increases when a company implements a safety recognition program. High employee engagement is the key to boosting business results in areas beyond safety. More organizations are seeing success in across the board on metrics like customer satisfaction, productivity, and profitability simply through the implementation of a safety recognition program. What drives these kinds of results? Employees who are recognized regularly are motivated and happier. They tend to be more productive and have an increased emotional commitment to their jobs and their companies.
From veteran employees to new hires, each of your team members has something that deserves recognition. You might consider a safety recognition program that acknowledges employees for implementing safe practices such as:
- Following all Lock Out/Tag Out procedures
- Reporting Near Misses
- Teaching Others about Safety Procedures
- Participating in Safety Trainings
By incentivizing your employees to act and think safely, you are helping them keep your organization’s safety message at the top of mind. Overtime, they become more engaged in the safety message and implement safety procedures automatically, without needing to be reminded. Employees who receive recognition for being safe will feel rewarded and more appreciated for their efforts.
A safety recognition program can keep that engagement alive by providing you and your employees a place to share safety information, discuss important safety factors, and be reminded of all the reasons it is important to put safety first in the workplace. Safety Pros makes it simple by offering interactive safety recognition programs that give employees the power to choose their own rewards.