In a recent survey we conducted of 1,000 safety professionals in the US we found that less than half thought they had a budget for a safety incentive program. Upon digging deeper we found that almost all had some safety incentive program spending in 2013 but that it was undefined and somewhat ineffectively spent.
Budget was spent on periodic, but unfocused, pizza parties, many also bought insulated cooler bags and ball caps that were rarely used or worn, and then there were the cheap logoed water bottles and expensive embroidered bomber jackets, just to name a few.
After review many of the safety professionals surveyed were surprised at how much budget they had available to them in their department alone. Looking back, when they added it up not only was there money to spend, but they realized they had more than enough to kick-off a properly structured safety incentive program that would deliver manageable and measurable results.
If one of your goals for 2014 is to improve how you spend your safety incentive budget take a look back at what you spent in 2013 and how that spending could be more effectively allocated in the coming calendar year.