Safety First: How Recognition, Rewards Benefit Everyone

Across the country, June is observed as National Safety Month. It is designated by the National Safety Council (NSC) as a time to focus attention on safe practices both at work and at home.

 

According to the council, it’s the perfect time “to work together to make people safer” not only this month but all year long.

 

This month is an important one for me and our team at All Star Incentive Marketing. For nearly 50 years, we have been the recognized leader in developing and implementing safety recognition and reward programs for companies across the country.

 

It’s truly rewarding to witness over the years the successes we’ve had, not just for the programs themselves, but the impact they’ve had on reducing injuries in factories, distribution centers, and on our nation’s highways.

 

Our message is plain and simple: Putting health and safety at the forefront of your operations, and motivating employees in the effort, can dramatically lower costs related to accidents and illness.

 

The impact of safety incentive programs is clear. Companies and employees alike benefit from a more engaged workforce, safer driving and equipment operation, lower liability and medical insurance costs, fewer work-related accidents and injuries, and across an organization, improved employee and company trust.

 

On the other hand, those organizations with weak safety recognition practices often pay the price. In one study, manufacturing plants that gave the fewest safety incentives were plagued with total recordable injury rates more than five times as high as plants with comprehensive safety incentive programs.

 

This is not only evidence that safety awards do work but also an endorsement to employers to offer incentives for promoting workplace safety.

 

Safety-conscious companies understand what needs to change to enhance workplace safety. For the greatest success in building a safety culture, companies must reinforce safe work practices, build team spirit, promote group interaction, foster positive peer pressure, and engage in constant communication.

 

It’s simple. If you properly motivate employees to be safe, safety improves, and safety-related costs go down.

 

Learn more about our role in promoting safety on the job with this link:

 

Brian Galonek

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