Motivating employees is a full-time job in itself and successful management teams and employers understand that good business has good productivity track records. While it is true that part of employee moral and productivity is related to pay scales, incentives, and the extras thrown in, the safety of the environment is also key in maintaining a productive, motivated environment.
Workplace safety does involves some effort on the part of the employees who work together in an environment but the majority of the safety issues and guidelines fall the responsibility of the company management. Proper protocol for incidents and accidents should be clearly outlined in the employee handbook. Personal protective equipment should be safe, current, and adequate to enable workers to get the job done. There should be supervisors in place to ensure employee workspaces are safe, secure, and are comfortable for those working in the facility.
Workplace safety is especially important when it comes to violence issues including physical violence, threats, and verbal bullying. These issues and those complicated by coworker injuries from improper safety devices and actions are a sure-fire way to reduce the morale of employees. Workers who do not feel safe, secure, and looked out for while on the job tend to not want to show up for work. They also may not be able to give it their all out of fear of additional problems. For those who were injured on the job due to negligence of the employer, there may be a lack of willingness to return to work.
The wellness and balance of a good working environment needs proactive management and clear guidelines for promoting a safe workplace. No employee wants to take risks just going to their job everyday and those who are confident in their safety on the job will be a productive and actively contributing member of the company overall. This is good news for employers wanting continued all-around success and low turnover numbers.