Safety's Vital Role in Employee Engagement

This blog is the last blog post in a series of posts about creating high-performance teams.

To date, we have explored the first six rules of the 7 NEW Rules of Employee Engagement: Culture, Resources, Communication, Appreciation, Well-being, and Enthusiasm. Today, we will dive into the seventh and final rule of the 7 NEW Rules of Employee Engagement, Safety, and its key role in strengthening employee engagement, while maintaining and creating an attentive work environment.

Rule # 7 SAFETY:
Encourage employees to work both efficiently and safely. Recognize those employees who maintain a safe and healthy working environment for themselves and others.

How Employee Engagement Impacts Safety

Safety -7 NEW Rules of Employee Engagement - C.A. Short Company

You may be logically asking yourself, “how does safety fit into my employee engagement strategy?” Though this rule may not be as apparent as the others, it is one of the most important. Workplace safety & health are not just moral issues, but financial issues, too. The deep costs associated with unsafe work behaviors may come as a great surprise to you.

Research by the SHRM Foundation shows one such example:

“… in one manufacturing company, engaged employees were five times less likely to have a safety incident and seven times less likely to have a safety incident involving lost time. This had a significant impact on cost.”

Further, a 2013 Gallup Study found that companies in the top quartile of employee engagement compared with those in the bottom quartile exhibited:

  • 48% fewer safety accidents
  • 21% higher productivity
  • 22% higher profitability
  • 41% higher quality
  • 37% reduced absenteeism

These numbers are staggering, aren’t they? Clearly, employee engagement has a substantial impact on workplace safety.

How Safety Impacts Employee Engagement

An engaged workforce is more likely to take an active interest in the well-being of their organization. They will want to strengthen profitability and productivity because they see that their contributions are being appreciated. Employees will not only work more deliberately and efficiently, but will be proactive in preventing on-the-job accidents.

Maintaining a Safe & Engaged Work Environment

By engaging your employees to maintain a safe and healthy work environment through the use of recognition, your organization will have a higher likelihood of exceeding organizational goals. Your organization can create a culture of safety and recognition by recognizing employees for such proactive behavior as:

  • Participation in Safety Training and Meetings
  • Making Suggestions
  • Reporting Near-Misses
  • Mentorship Programs

How C.A. Short Company Helps Employee Engagement

C.A. Short Company’s People Are™ employee engagement platform empowers an organization to create a culture of recognition through all aspects of the business, including safety. By incorporating the three-dimensional descriptors of recognition, formal, informal, and day-to-day, companies are able to keep business objectives top of mind, while achieving the strategic goals it has in place.

7 New Rules of Employee Engagement Wallchart

At C.A. Short Company, we are your partner for increased employee engagement resulting in increased performance outcomes to grow your bottom line. Our process and research-based platform help you engage your team in order to increase your bottom line, motivate your staff to the benefit of the entire organization, and reward your people for the positive changes they make. To request a Complimentary Consultation, please click here. 

Topics: Safety, Employee Engagement, Employee Engagement Strategies

Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, CSM

About the Author
Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, CSM

CEO & CFO
Mr. Ross, a certified public accountant, joined the C.A. Short Company as its controller in June 1993 and was named Chief Financial Officer in November 1996. From there, Jeff was promoted to President and Chief Financial Officer, and in 2017, was appointed CEO. Before joining C.A. Short Company, Ross was employed as an accountant by Hausser + Taylor, a large public accounting and consulting firm. Jeff presently serves on the Board of Directors of 2XSalt Ministries, Charlotte, NC and is a member of North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Ross graduated from The Ohio State University with Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1989.

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