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TL;DR
  • When your employees see a safety culture promoted from the top down, they are more likely to engage, endorse and follow the rules of a safety program.
  • Communication is key to keeping employees engaged in their workplace.
  • Studies show that companies that have high levels of employee engagement have less safety incidents.
  • Employees need to be comfortable letting management know when they see any issues, especially concerning safety in the workplace.
  • Proforma Safety International can help you develop or improve your HSE plan, conduct an employee or contractor survey and provide customized training for your company.

The Correlation Between Employee Engagement and Workplace Safety

Is there a correlation between employee engagement and workplace safety?

There is absolutely a correlation between employee engagement and workplace safety. When your employees see a safety culture promoted from the top down, they are more likely to engage, endorse and follow the rules of a safety program.

What does an engaged employee provide an employer?

An engaged employee is one that feels satisfied with their work, wants the best for their company and is committed to meeting the goals set for them. They have a positive attitude and are enthusiastic about doing their job the right way. Communication is key to keeping employees engaged in their workplace. Not only can engaged employees improve safety at the jobsite, but they can improve production as well.

Accident Reduction

A 2016 Gallup study showed that companies that ranked in the top quarter of employee engagement had 70 percent less safety incidents than companies that ranked in the bottom quarter. This shows that by making sure your employee’s engagement is at a high level, you can reduce your safety incidents. All companies should have the goal of reducing incidents and injuries, and this is an effective way for your company to reach that objective.

Proforma Safety International can provide project management and safety consultants to staff your project. These professionals can make sure employee engagement is top of mind when planning your project.

Safety First

When an employee is engaged, they are paying close attention to the work they are doing—not just going through the motions. People who do the same thing everyday can become complacent with their routine and not pay much attention to the details of their work. Employees who are not engaged can also develop a mentality of “that’s the way it’s always been done, so why change it.” By keeping your employees engaged, not only will they come up with new, better and safer ways of doing their jobs, but they will feel comfortable sharing those with you as well.

Proforma’s Safe Work Awareness Team can conduct required trainings, or do HSE assessments, both of which will show your employees that upper management is serious about safety and they should be, too.

Areas Needing Improvement

Employees need to believe the work they are doing is important to the company. Everyone, from the executives to the clerical staff should know what they are doing is integral to keeping the company running smoothly and safely. There are no trivial jobs—everyone’s opinion and work counts. This is essential when you want to promote a safety culture in order to increase the engagement level of your employees. Employees need to be comfortable letting management know when they see any issues, especially concerning safety in the workplace.

One quick and easy way to do this is to have Proforma Safety International do an online survey, which can be a confidential way for you to assess the thoughts of your contractors and subcontractors and learn of areas that need improvement.

When Accidents Happen

Accidents can happen at any time, no matter how safe your culture is, so it’s important to handle the accident and the follow-up in the right way. If you want your employees to stay engaged, keep them informed of what’s going on. Let them know the corrective actions being taken so the same type of incident will not occur again. For instance, if an employee injury was due to lack of training, then make sure other employees understand that is why they will be retrained – for their safety and the safety of others.

Proforma Safety International can assist you in your training needs. From Proforma Online Safety Courses to in-person customized training, we can be there for you by delivering what you require.

Conclusion

Employee engagement is an important part of workplace safety. Without engagement, employees will be less likely to report issues, work in a safe manner consistently or cooperate if there is an injury.

Proforma Safety International can help you develop or improve your HSE plan, conduct an employee or contractor survey and provide customized training for your company. We want to partner with you to be your provider of experienced safety, project management and engineering services.