Don’t let employees pose a safety risk to your company

Don’t let employees pose a safety risk to your company

Every day, employees everywhere go to work with the hope that they will make it through the day without any trouble or peril. Generally speaking, most employees place safety as their highest priority. Unfortunately, some don’t. Be wise and make sure you are pinpointing employees that may in fact place their colleagues in danger more than others.

Combat complacency

Start by looking for complacency. Complacency can lead to an environment for safety exposures to rise. Oftentimes, this is due to a lack of recent incidents or experienced workers simply having an efficient and effective system down to complete their assignments.

When you find your employees steering clear of incidents, try rewarding them. At the same time, it is also important ensure they remain up to speed on policy and continue to practice the same behaviors that got them a prolonged period of security and welfare.

Establish accountability

The two most prominent forms of preparation employees can take to mitigate hazards and risks in the workplace is by establishing accountability. By establishing accountability, staff and personnel are more able to interface with external leadership to convey potential causes of accidents and isolate vulnerabilities as they emerge.

Finding staff and personnel that tend to keep themselves are less likely to find accountability as an asset to daily operations. It is important to champion this element as it will also bolster the overall work culture and community.

The most obvious candidate for being a direct safety hazard is the employ that is inclined to take reckless or overtly perilous risks. While these individuals are often the rarest species of employee, they nonetheless become prevalent when deadlines are approaching or if they find the task at hand routine or dull.

Time management

It goes without saying that almost all employees want to be punctual and ahead of schedule in meeting their objectives and goals. However, certain staff and personnel will take unnecessary risks to expedite project time frames to be ahead of expected finish or to ensure they complete the initiatives on time.

Be on the lookout for those who make have poor time management skills as they are a population prone towards this behavior.

Don’t be afraid to take disciplinary action if need be. In most cases, management and leadership staff do not want to rule with an iron fist. Progressive and affable relations is often the goal of most administrators. Maintaining such an attitude leads to more fluid communication and in turn a positive work environment overall.

However, if after issuing warnings or taking measures to stop risky behavior an employee continues to engage in poor practices, one must take disciplinary action. The punishments can range from a loss of certain privileges all the way up to termination, if need be.


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