Safety Incentives Work — When They’re Deployed Properly
Does your company have a safety incentives program? And if you do, is it working? June is National Safety Month, making it the perfect time to reflect on how to engage employees and motivate them to work more safely.
Make no mistake, a safety incentives program isn’t sufficient on its own. As one expert told EHS Today, “Safety incentives programs are icing on the cake. They complement a well-rounded safety program.” Essential components of an effective safety program include return-to-work light-duty programs, accident investigations, and safety committees.
Assuming your organization has those pieces in place, it’s important to remember that your safety incentives program should be aimed at truly decreasing injuries and accidents — not just reducing the number you hear about. If you simply promise rewards to employees for making it a certain number of days without a safety violation, you are implicitly encouraging them to avoid reporting accidents. In other words, if it’s not well thought out, your safety incentives program could actually make your workplace less safe.
Consequently, experts increasingly recommend creating a safety incentives program that encourages employees to be proactive about safety, rather than just trying to avoid problems. An effective safety incentives program will reward employees for paying attention to safety training and sharing their suggestions with management.
Safety Is Ongoing — Safety Incentives Should Be Frequent, Too
One expert cites a frequent problem with safety incentives programs: “I see some companies put all their budget into the people who are safe for a year,” he told EHS Today. “I tell them, ‘Wait a minute. You’re spending all your money on the people who are safe. What are you doing to change the behavior of people who aren’t safe?'”
To effectively target the right employees, you want to build a culture of safety that encompasses everyone from leadership on down. And to keep safety top of mind, your incentives program should offer rewards on a weekly, monthly, or at least bimonthly basis. Most employees won’t change their daily behavior based on an annual reward — it’s just too far removed from their regular routine.
Of course, you must also offer worthwhile incentives. Affordable rewards like gThankYou Gift Certificates — for Turkey, Ham, Pizza, or Groceries — work well because they are practical, useful to everyone, and easy for your team to purchase, store, and distribute. They come with free Gratitude Cards that can be customized to express your appreciation for employees’ safety efforts, as well.
Plus, did you know that recognition improves safety? By showing employees that you are genuinely grateful for their safety efforts, you will encourage them to continue those efforts — and to spread that positive, pro-safety energy around.
Easy, Affordable Safety Incentives
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