Getting employees more involved in safety requires understanding their motivations. To improve your safety culture, you need worker buy-in and support. Many safety professionals have wondered, “How do I increase employee participation?” While there is no simple answer, employees will participate more if they want to — too often, they simply choose not to participate. The question should be, “What would make employees choose to participate more?” If employees and supervisors understand the value and benefits, they’ll participate more. We will share ideas on overcoming these challenges such as:
Showing employees why safety matters by demonstrating how it impacts them personally.
Dealing with reluctant (often experienced) workers who push back against the rules.
Dealing with those (often younger) workers who think they’re invincible or won’t get hurt.
Tips for increasing participation, such as identifying workers to be safety advocates and leading from the middle.
Tips for supervisors who must support safety or could undermine your efforts.