In a world where lifetime service with one company is practically unknown, the loyalty of today’s employee is no longer a given: worker engagement, one of the biggest issues facing companies in the 21st century, is now about much more than money.
SafeStart genuinely engages employees. The programme has met with worldwide enthusiasm because, regardless of sector or industry, the lessons are relevant to all: workers can take these new ideas and a fresh safety skillset home with them. This level of engagement with safety can then reverberate positively on the work culture as a whole.
Positive Safety Conversations
Any supervisor will recognise that broaching the topic of behaviour that seems risky can be challenging: without a wider, non-judgmental framework, the dialogue can easily become negative and unproductive. The hands-on application of SafeStart, Rate Your State, converts SafeStart knowledge into new habits and skills for safety while providing a simple and effective method to cultivate communication and engagement across any team, thus sustaining SafeStart’s impact over the long term.
The ripple effects of an engaged workforce in a safety programme are numerous: improved near-miss reporting and a higher likelihood of peer or supervisory intervention are but two clear gains. In addition, clients typically report, on average, a halving of the injury rate, fewer delays in production, reduced waste levels and pronounced improvements in quality and performance.
Once workers develop their awareness of risk at the personal level, they are led towards appropriate measures to maintain safety. The transformation begins with small things: e.g., a worker reminding his colleague to maintain three points of contact on a ladder or to don their PPE.
The SafeStart Safety Programme delivers training to bolster safety awareness in a way that makes employees continuously take stock of their environment. This alert attitude helps an individual to recognise those states of mind – such as being frustrated or feeling rushed – that could trigger a dangerous outcome.
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