You’ve just established a safety incentive program. Congratulations!
You can look forward to fewer injuries, better morale and higher productivity in your organization. One thing you might not have taken into account, however: Some employees might be so focused on the rewards that they simply don’t report work-related injuries and illnesses. Is it a lost cause? Not at all. You just have to strike the right balance. Here are some suggestions:
Be Positive About the Negative. It’s great to reward days without incidents. But it’s also in everybody’s best interest to encourage (and reward!) timely reports about injuries, near-misses and potential hazards. Short-term, employees are still recognized and rewarded. Long-term, you’ll benefit from a safer environment, thanks to workers’ heightened awareness.
Keep Looking Ahead. Industries change fast these days. Every new advance can bring new safety challenges – and solutions! Stay on top of these trends and make sure your incentive program reflects the changes.
Recognize the Right Things. A balanced safety incentive program recognizes efforts at all levels, from handling everyday work situations to leading proactive endeavors for long-term success. You might include:
- Attendance at regularly scheduled safety meetings
- Zero-incident reports for a week, month or longer
- Reporting near misses and hazardous conditions – and suggesting improvements
- Implementation of new best practices in safety and housekeeping
- Completion of safety training and first aid courses
- Participation in incident investigation
- Peer recognition
- Suggestions for off-the-job safety
Of course, it’s important to be consistent with your rewards and to use incentives that really matter to your employees. That’s where Award Concepts can help – contact us now!