Improving Safety Culture Through Employee Engagement

A recent study has found that workplace cultures in which employees are engaged in their jobs and QHSE practices are not only more efficient and productive, but are also safer places to work overall.
Gallup’s 2016 study — examining over 82,000 business units and 1.8 million employees in 230 organizations, across 49 industries and in 73 countries — shows that organizations with high engagement scores have 70% fewer safety incidents.
By encouraging employees to engage in safety process and by taking employee opinions and suggestions regarding safety seriously, organizations instill a sense of ownership in employees. An engaged employee will put extra effort into quality of work, offer opinions and suggestions, and overall be more vigilant in making the workplace safe. A disengaged employee will not be invested in the organization’s safety culture, may not report minor safety infractions and hazards, and may take shortcuts when it comes to safety.
The use of technology is an essential component of maintaining a proactive safety culture that no organization should ignore. Using QHSE/EHS software and incident management software such as iTrak to manage health and safety makes safety information more accessible, shareable, and actionable, while also making the process more transparent throughout the organization, from frontline workers up to management. With a workforce equipped with the software to access and share safety information, employees are engaged and actively participating in making the workplace safer.
Organizations can continuously evolve and improve upon safety processes by putting the innovation and power of iTrak in the hands of those on the ground. In the future, all organizations will have to adopt and integrate health and safety software solutions such as iTrak, as equipping and empowering mobile workforces with the tools to identify and report hazards is the most efficient way to maintain an engaged workforce and a proactive work culture focused on safety.
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