If you’ve already had a crack at motivating your staff to be more safe in the workplace, then you’ve probably discovered that it’s not the easiest thing in the world.
For a lot of people the very mention of “health and safety” induces a knee-jerk reaction to groan. It’s true that fires, injuries and similar incidents are very rare, and that health and safety training is one of the driest things that happen in a workplace.
However, keeping your employees safe is still extremely important. Here are three elements that go into keeping your employees safe and well-prepared.
I know, health and safety and enthusiasm of any kind might seem worlds apart. However, if you want to ensure everyone you employ is keeping as safe as possible, you need to really get stuck into the whole issue, and force yourself into some degree of enthusiasm.
Think of the subtle but whole-hearted enthusiasm with which health and safety experts approach their jobs. Their area of expertise may seem small and unimportant, but they know that it’s the foundation for everything else that happens at the office.
A tiny little microbe can kill a blue whale, and by the same token one little safety hazard can drive a corporation into the ground if it’s not dealt with properly. It may be tough, but try to get yourself into an enthusiastic mindset about making your office safer. Enthusiasm is contagious, and could be just what your employees need.
While enthusiasm can be great for drilling in proper health and safety practices at your business, it needs to be backed up by the right training. After all, enthusiasm alone doesn’t qualify someone to be a doctor or a lawyer! Hopefully, you’re running fire drills as often as is required by law, but there’s probably a lot more that you could be doing.
Organising training sessions and seminars for things like first aid, or the proper use of basic fire fighting equipment, can be hugely effective for making the whole workforce safer and better prepared if and when an incident does occur. Obviously, in the case of an emergency, you should be calling the appropriate services and letting them do their job. However, having staff who are prepared for various eventualities can make all the difference when disaster strikes.
If you’ve been working in any industry long enough, then you’ll know that someone holding a managerial job title doesn’t necessarily make them a good leader.
I could write a whole other post on this, but the main difference is that managers tell people what to do, whereas truly great leaders show people what to do, and go out of their way to be a good example to everyone else.
Rather than just setting regulations, you and your managers need to be following them where the whole workforce can see you, and in turn making sure that others are following them.
Never let anyone in the upper echelons behave like they’re above proper procedure and regulations, and always explain the reasons behind the regulations that you set.