Do you remember what made you go into the field of health and safety? Everyone has a different path and a different story. However, one thing we have noticed when talking to our peers in the safety industry is that everyone wants to positively affect people. Whether it’s improving their interactions, making their workplace better, safer, less stressful, or managing their pain and fatigue, all of us in the safety industry are working to build a stronger and safer workforce.
It’s so easy to get caught up in safety standards, rules, and regulations but remembering what brought us to these discussions is very important. We can create, abide by, and learn all of the safety procedures and codes, which is very important. However, it’s even more powerful when coupled with the ideal of positively interacting and improving our workforce. The relationships we build, the way we deal with coworkers and management can make safety procedures even more powerful. When we work together with positivity, we can truly create a safety workplace culture that everyone wants to be a part of.
If your workplace or team has forgotten what got them started in the safety field, some of these best practices for creating a positive workplace may help reinvigorate your office and group.
Training and Retreats
Small initiatives towards building stronger connections within your workplace can make a tremendous difference within productivity, employee satisfaction, and innovative solutions. Happier employees are naturally more productive and create a more attractive work environment. Spending more time in training or creating events that involve education, and positive time together, can make a big difference. You can start by discussing what brought them to the safety industry and allow people to bond over their shared experiences.
Everyone experiences motivation differently. However, one thing seems to be universal, we all love praise and recognition for a job well done. As a manager or team leader, expressing gratitude in the workplace will motivate and increase employee positivity and happiness at work. Being grateful does not need to be elaborate, in fact it’s best done subtly. You may even notice a positive chain of events. When gratitude comes from the top and works it’s way down, a positive and thankful atmosphere is created where employees start thanking and appreciating their colleagues.
Bring Healthy Living Into the Office
At MEGAComfort, our entire team takes a Pilates class in the office. Every department stops what they’re doing to get healthy together. Everyone appreciates the hour to themselves to focus on their health and their needs. When you build a health culture together, it makes it easier to work on projects and find innovative solutions together. Focusing on our health also decreases sick days and increases employee satisfaction.
These three tips are relatively easy to implement. Each one helps take us back to why we got into the health and safety field, to make the workplace a healthier, positive, and safer place. If your workplace has other successful practices, we’d love to hear about them. Within the safety industry, our job is to cheer each other on in achieving the goal of a safer and positive workplace.