What Motivates Workers and Supervisors to Work Safely?

A survey recently revealed that the things that motivate workers to buy in to safety procedures are different than what drives supervisors to pay attention to safety.

In a recent safety for Safety News Alert, safety managers were asked which training technique they found most effective for increasing safety adoption among employees and supervisors. The study found that employees want personal stories and anecdotes, while supervisors were more focused on regulations and compliance.

Motivating Employees

More than one third of the employee respondents said that sharing personal stories was the best way to increase safety buy-in. 18% said showing pictures would assist in safety buy-in. Respondents were also given the choice of “other” and were allowed to fill in a suggestion box. Some of the employee training strategies were: making the program interactive, company safety newsletter, and Power Point presentations and quizzes.

Motivating Supervisors

Supervisors and managers were more concerned with rules and statistics, unlike their employees. 29% of supervisors said reviewing workplace policy and discipline would help increase safety buy-in in employees and supervisors. 20% said statistics would be a good strategy. Some of the “other” responses included: pointing out their liability/accountability, trying to get them to see workers’ point of view, and showing the effect on the bottom line.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP