Ensuring workers' health and safety is one of the most fundamental responsibilities of a workplace. Sure, laws and regulations require employers to meet certain basic standards around health and safety. But we're talking about building happiness, and health and safety sit at the very foundation of happiness. Employees who are (and feel) physically safe can develop happiness in their productivity, career growth, connections with other employees, and pursuit of their company's purpose. Employees who experience unsafe conditions or feel physically unsafe will never consistently feel happy in these other areas.
There is one critical ingredient that is often overlooked in a health and safety program: Care. Leaders and employees who care will foster, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy workplace. Growing care for health and safety is something every workplace can do. Let's look at some of the best strategies.
Every workplace has processes for handling information from employees about health and safety conditions they see. Good processes show employees that leadership and human resources really care about employees. Good processes also enable employees to express their care for others by being proactive about health and safety. However, poor processes will leave employees feeling like they are just doing a routine to stay out of trouble. Good processes:
A common mistake when dealing with safety and health issues is to do only what is required by law, regulation, or policies. Where possible, find a way to do better than required.
Communications about health and safety are often handled like an afterthought. Doing the right thing with safety should be up-front, shared with everyone, and worth celebrating! When communicating about safety:
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