4 Smart Ways to Motivate Employee Safety

Practicing workplace safety is crucial to keeping your business dream alive and thriving. But, no matter what policies you put in place, a safe and happy workplace can’t truly be achieved without the support of your staff.

When it comes to motivating your employees, a little bit of celebration and involvement can really do the trick. Here’s how to get your employees to make safety a priority:

  1. Celebrate safety week. And have some fun doing it! Kick things off with a breakfast meeting and sprinkle-in fun and informative speakers or activities throughout the week to keep employees engaged. You could even end the week with a trivia competition with prizes as an incentive for people to participate. You’ll have a staff full of safety experts in no time!
  2. Require ongoing training. Regular and required training keeps safety top-of-mind at all times. But remember to keep the training relevant to each employee’s role or department — they’re less likely to pay attention when weighed down with unnecessary information.
  3. Inspire with incentives. Everyone loves being recognized for their hard work — incentives are the perfect way to do this. Reward those who use proper safety procedures and attend regular trainings with an extra day off or a gas gift card. It’ll motivate them to keep up the good work and inspire others to step it up a notch.
  4. Enforce zero tolerance. When all else fails, a zero-tolerance policy on workplace safety violations should keep things in line. Make sure employees know that unsafe procedures will not be tolerated and to take all reports seriously.

Want even more tips on building a safe work environment? Check out our guide on small biz safety smarts.



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