Safety Incentive Programs
By: Matt Schiefferly
Vice President Safety Services
With the new year coming soon, it is an excellent time to start a safety incentive
program for your employees. A good program can reduce insurance costs, raise employee
awareness, and build company morale. Many insurance companies will offer schedule
credits to companies that have team safety incentive programs in place, as does
the CMSA workers compensation program. The difficulty is finding a program
that works and is cost effective.
Since no two companies are alike in either operations or employees, we will not
recommend a single incentive program, but rather some helpful guidelines that will
allow you to develop a program that meets your companys needs.
- Plan a specific target area that you recognize needs to be improved, injuries,
damages, cargo handling, auto accidents, etc.
- Set realistic goals and define the goals before you start the program.
Make sure the employees know what it takes to meet the objectives, explain specific
ways of improving that is in their ability to control. Doubling sales is not realistic
or in their control.
- Use a team approach and make it a friendly competition. This helps build
enthusiasm and peer pressure, both of which are critical in a good program.
- Set a specific time frame. A month or quarter works the best, a year is
too long and employees lose interest.
- Communicate the ongoing success of the program. Once the contest starts
make sure you keep it in front of everyones mind. Post the prizes where they
can be seen daily. Post the results so the employees know which team is winning
and eventually who won.
- You must deliver on the promise and complete the program.
- Keep it simple. Make the program easy to follow and make sure everyone
knows what must be done to win.
- Finally, make the reward meaningful. A small television, CD player, dinner
for two, and cash are all good prizes. Make the prize worth a change in attitude.
Patches or trophies are not usually enough to make an employees change their attitude.
We often hear that employees dont want to start a program because it will
become expected and then hard to stop. Make sure that you clearly outline this as
a trial program and if it does not achieve the desired results it will not continue.
Make the specific time clear. Most of all, try to make it fun.
If you have any questions or need help with a safety incentive program please contact
Matt Schiefferly @ Paul Hanson Insurance Services (800) 852-1968 or e-mail
Matts@Paulhanson.com. Visit our web page for other information vital to
the moving and storage industry at www.paulhanson.com.