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All employers should know how great the benefits can be when employees embrace safety and live it every day. But some employees may think, What’s in it for me? Plenty, according to Safety Consultant Kevin Burns. Today, we have a list of benefits for employees who buy in to safety—and tips on providing the right tools to drive employee engagement. 
Safety and Employee Engagement—What’s In It for Them? 
  • Help the business maintain high production numbers because a safety incident can crash production and performance numbers.

  • Become a person of influence. Every team has an influencer, and exercising the right to choose safety shows others that an employee has the strength to make good choices.

  • Set him- or herself up for promotion. People who embrace corporate values like safety are more likely to be promoted, which means more money and more influence.

  • Earn positive recognition. Bonuses, awards, and commendations go to good performers, not to “safety cowboys, whiners, and complainers.”

  • Reduce friction and drama. By buying into safety, employees remove the impetus for their boss to chastise and scold.

  • Improve job security. When times are hard, companies face the difficult choice of deciding whom to keep and whom to lay off. Burns advises, “Don’t make it easy for your employee to choose you for the layoff.” Improve job security by being a top performer who demonstrates strong safety values.

  • Maintain a positive cash flow. Regardless of insurance coverage, being out of work can be costly. Working safely helps ensure that an employee is not saddled with injury-related expenses.

By Jennifer Busick
Friday, August 14th, 2015
Among the many potential benefits, employee engagement with safety can allow an employee to: 
  • Help the business maintain high production numbers because a safety incident can crash production and performance numbers.

  • Become a person of influence. Every team has an influencer, and exercising the right to choose safety shows others that an employee has the strength to make good choices.

  • Set him- or herself up for promotion. People who embrace corporate values like safety are more likely to be promoted, which means more money and more influence.

  • Earn positive recognition. Bonuses, awards, and commendations go to good performers, not to “safety cowboys, whiners, and complainers.”

  • Reduce friction and drama. By buying into safety, employees remove the impetus for their boss to chastise and scold.

  • Improve job security. When times are hard, companies face the difficult choice of deciding whom to keep and whom to lay off. Burns advises, “Don’t make it easy for your employee to choose you for the layoff.” Improve job security by being a top performer who demonstrates strong safety values.

  • Maintain a positive cash flow. Regardless of insurance coverage, being out of work can be costly. Working safely helps ensure that an employee is not saddled with injury-related expenses.


Among the many potential benefits, employee engagement with safety can allow an employee to: 
If You Want Them to Own It, Give Them the Tools
Surveys. To gauge where employees stand on an issue, consider implementing a short multiple-choice survey to benchmark perception. You can also include a brief comment area to capture any related thoughts that were not part of the survey. Employees appreciate it when their views are sought out and valued.

Stand-down. A stand-down is a work shutdown that can (1) demonstrate how seriously your company takes safety; (2) teach employees how to address hazards and incidents; and (3) contribute to a dialogue with your employees about safety that promotes engagement.

Drills. While drills are a key element in compliance, they also demonstrate the value of employees working as a team.

Safety projects. Getting employees involved in safety initiatives can benefit the organization as well as the individual. Encourage team members to come up with something personally significant to them—like checking tire pressure as employees arrive at work, or making sure everyone is wearing the proper personal protective equipment. Be sure to recognize employees for their contributions.

Among the many potential benefits, employee engagement with safety can allow an employee to: