Twice a year, Arbill employees prepare for Town Hall – a week-long series of meetings and presentations that focus on new safety products and services, company initiatives, sales territory reviews, marketing updates, guest speakers, after-hours events and more.
It’s a week where our organization comes together from all over the country to celebrate safety. We share our customer support successes as a team, areas in which we feel we can improve, and where there are new opportunities both internally and externally to help keep our customers and their employees safe and productive.
As you receive this communication today, our team will be learning how to better support our customers. We’ll be celebrating our recent success of achieving more than 1,000 days of accident-free at Arbill. We’ll share individual and team stories where we helped each other and our customers reach their goals.
For new employees, it’s a chance to learn from their peers first-hand how we make a difference in the lives of those we touch. For our long-term employees, it’s an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a 3rd generation, female-led organization in the safety industry.
For me, personally, it’s an opportunity to acknowledge the stars among our stars – those who go above and beyond without being asked. Those who have become seemingly irreplaceable to Arbill and the customers we serve. It’s also a chance to listen and observe as our managers and key employees take center stage to teach and inspire their coworkers.
In our last Town Hall (August 2013), we invited a guest speaker from Coca-Cola Refreshments, who stood before our organization announcing that Arbill was recently voted by Coca Cola as their Top Supplier of 2013, earning the spot over roughly 500 quality organizations for the award. Said the Coca Cola representative, “Arbill was ranked number one of all Coca Cola suppliers based on a comprehensive ratings system that includes areas such as innovation, growth, diversity, sustainability, customer service, safety, quality and long-term cost.”
That was truly a magical moment for our team, and hearing it first-hand from one of the most iconic manufacturers in the world was icing on the cake. In addition to sharing the history of the Coca Cola organization, a 125 year-old industry leader with nearly 500,000 employees worldwide, the guest speaker discussed the importance of partnering and building trust to further grow business relationships. The speaker also led additional educational sessions on purchasing, defining good partnerships, and the RFP process.
The information was invaluable for our team. The presentations that week inspired even greater results in the months that followed. Hard to believe that was six months ago. Our February Town Hall is now in progress. The Decks and presentations are prepared… and our team is ready to take safety to a whole new level.
If your organization wants to build a Culture of Safety and learn more about developing an effective safety training program for your facility, call 800-523-5367 or click on this link to speak with a safety specialist at Arbill.
Have a Safe Day!
It can be easy to cut corners to keep up with a hectic production schedule, especially if you’ve done so before with no repercussions. However, it only takes one unsafe misstep to result in something with significant ramifications; including, loss of life.
While most workplaces have put better training, policies, and equipment in place to assist with the conversation of safety, it’s important that to make sure these safety measures continue and not stall. Ultimately, by reiterating the importance of safety, you’ll be creating a better overall workplace.
You may be wondering how, as a leader, you can reinforce safety, without making it feel like it’s something that should be swept under the rug. By having crucial conversations, you’ll be able to save time but still keep safety a priority.
Take into consideration these five practices that will help resolve safety issues.
- Blow the whistle. Many issues are so common, sometimes they are completely unseen by safety leaders. Reiterate basic safety measures and share safety data. By bringing up the conversation with your employees and getting the discussion started, you may be able to blow the whistle on a potential unsafe method of doing something.
- Commit to surveys. If you’re serious about establishing accountability, survey your associates. Whether it’s done online anonymously or a meeting is held and a simple raise of the hand is requested, this will bring up crucial safety issues and how to work on resolving them. By showing your workers you are committed to safety, you’ll notice a greater commitment on their behalf as well.
- Make training available. Many employees lack the confidence needed to convey issues to their superiors because they aren’t sure if they are correct with their notions of safety. This can be resolved by offering proper, and continuing training to associates, so they know when to raise flags.
- Reinforce accountability. In addition to making sure employees receive additional training, it’s import that their superiors are held responsible for their success. This way, an overall culture of safety is created.
- Praise success. Highlight those who have succeeded in making safety a success – this is important because it shows that you genuinely appreciate their commitment.
By keeping these tips and practices in mind, you’ll be able to work towards a safer environment, while keeping safety a priority.
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Welcome back to this week’s Arbill blog series “7.5 Workplace Safety Motivation Tips.”
For Part 1 we talked about how to establish your goals for workplace safety and then integrate them in a meaningful way. In Part 2, we looked at creating a “safety learning culture,” giving your employees some ownership of your initiatives and rewarding their efforts.
For the final installment of our workplace safety motivation tips, we’ll explore the importance of protecting your employees voices and making your safety training programs more engaging.
6. Meet-ups And Results
With specific departments, you should periodically round everyone up to revisit the safety initiatives you’re putting into practice.
This is a time to update your team with any new information regarding workplace safety and a great chance for employees to give their vital feedback so you understand what is and isn’t working.
You might be asking yourself, “How is this motivational?”
In addition to getting employees involved, you demonstrate how and why the safety process is working. When people begin to see the positive results of eliminating workplace injuries -- that there’s proven success -- they’ll be even more motivated to get on board.
7. Protect Employees Voices
Fear of fault finding and the subsequent retribution is what keeps a lot of employees from speaking up about safety issues. When employees aren’t reporting safety infractions, it prevents you from knowing exactly how safe or unsafe your workplace really is.
You have to encourage an environment where those who bear the risks are respected for bringing safety issues to your attention.
To give this some structure, set aside one day a week for any employee to bring issues to the table without fear of negative consequence. Review each item, find a resolution and document its completion.
Let’s face it: The reason for all the intense focus on workplace safety is that your employees' health and wellbeing are at stake. Although workplace safety is very serious business, it’s that very seriousness that also creates an obstacle for getting people to engage with it.
Lighten things up a little by adding some creativity or variety to get people involved. An example of making things more fun is a “safety wheel”: If an employee makes a suggestion for safety that you use, they get to spin the wheel and win a prize. Games like these breathe life to an otherwise somber topic.
Ready to motivate your team members and create a safer work environment? Call 800-523-5367 or click on the button below to speak with an Arbill safety specialist.
Welcome back to this week’s Arbill blog series “7.5 Workplace Safety Motivation Tips.”
For Part 1 we set your sights on developing and integrating workplace safety initiatives into a clear and consistent message that encourages employee participation. We hope you found those tips useful to your workplace safety program efforts.
Today’s workplace safety motivation tips delve into employee safety training and education, getting team members actively involved in your workplace safety campaign and rewarding them for a job well done.
3. Learning And Development
What is your company’s current approach to developing a safe work environment? Opportunities to learn should not be used as a privilege or punishment. Workplace safety requires more than just giving your employees some information and leaving it at that. You have to create a safety learning culture at your organization.
- Training Programs: Teach your employees how to apply and practice what they’ve learned about workplace safety and apply it to their daily decision-making.
- On-The-Job Coaching: Treat every incident or mistake as a learning opportunity rather than finger pointing and punishing employees. This sort of feedback and support fosters continual improvement among your team members.
When you create a learning culture around safety, your employees feel cared for rather than scolded. This approach encourages commitment, accountability and responsibility. Isn’t that a much more motivating environment than being forced to comply with safety rules out of obligation or fear of reprimand?
4. Engagement And Ownership
You might remember what it was like to be in their shoes: Always being told what to do. This course of action, while necessary in many cases, may be met with resistance or outright defiance. To inspire employee involvement in workplace safety initiatives, gather input from your workers. Here’s how:
- Ask them how they want to create their own safety system and account for the results.
- Search for opportunities to bring them into the fold and pay attention to the issues they bring forth.
At the end of the day, your employees care about their own personal safety, health and wellbeing. Providing them with a means of engagement and ownership of your company’s safety initiatives shows them a level of respect they respond to.
In Part 1 of this series, we mentioned that incentive programs designed to reward a worker with the least number of safety infractions sends the wrong message. A better way is to reward someone when you see them carrying out a safety measure, right then and there.
But what should you reward them with?
Your sincerity goes a long way. A face-to-face “thanks” has more power than you might think. This is best received when the recognition is personal to the individual and comes from his or her own manager. Of course, more tangible incentives of some kind always help to spark some motivation. Following up your heartfelt thanks a little letter with a bonus or gift, especially if their positive behavior continues, is the most effective way to use incentives as motivation.
Ready to learn more about inspiring safety in your organization? Call 800-523-5367 or click on the button below to speak with an Arbill safety specialist.
Workplace safety initiatives are essential when it comes to maintaining a work environment that is both safe and productive. However, the safety programs you put into place don’t mean much if employees aren’t inspired to change old behaviors.
So, how do you get your workers motivated? The first step is taking a close look at what NOT to do:
- Disciplinary Action: Not only does this require constant supervision, it’s ineffective. In fact, this course of action could incite hostility and defiance.
- Slogans and Posters: If safety isn’t your #1 priority, a sign saying otherwise doesn’t belong in your workplace. Safety signage is only effective if what it’s saying is true and lived up to. If not, it becomes a joke.
- Incentives: Focusing on the number of accidents as a way to reward employees sends the wrong message. They may be afraid to come to you with an issue, which results in an unsafe work environment.
The fact is, there’s no one answer. Real and lasting change requires doing many things the right way. The following 7.5 Workplace Safety Motivation Tips are designed to engage employees in developing workplace health and safety, from establishing core values to making safe choices on the job.
1. Intention, Strategy, Structure
Before any environmental health and safety program takes effect, it’s important to first establish the right goals and message. Motivation begins by engaging your employees’ hearts and minds. What is important to them about workplace safety? Take your employee feedback and turn their sentiments into a company slogan with real value.
By establishing a clear company vision, your strategic plan has a foundation. That’s where the big picture goals begin to build and take shape. Once long-term strategies have been developed, short-term tactics can be formulated. This kind of planning paves the way to certainty about what, exactly, is expected from every employee.
When everyone is on the same page, there’s a sense of certainty about how processes should be carried out. It’s then much easier to implement a management system that holds employees accountable for safe behavior.
A confused employee is an ineffective and uninspired employee.
If your company is held to any number of accredited national or international safety standards, the expectation is your business must operate under a variety of different procedures and practices. When different people manage these areas of compliance, it creates dangerous compatibility gaps.
By aligning the common elements of all safety standards, it’s possible to set up a compliance process to work from one system. By having as little bureaucracy as possible in your management system, employees gain a better understanding of what is expected and conduct themselves accordingly.
Stay tuned later this week for the second installment of “7.5 Workplace Safety Motivation Tips” where we’ll discuss how to properly promote safety-training programs and give your employees ownership of safety initiatives as a means of engagement.
Ready to learn more about motivating workplace safety? Call 800-523-5367 or click on the button below to speak with an Arbill safety specialist.