The value of workplace safety incentives
When a company explores workplace safety initiatives, it can promote these plans in a variety of ways. For instance, a business could offer incentives to workers who take the time to learn these programs.
A reward-based plan might sound challenging for some employers, but a few simple steps can help companies develop and implement such programs. According to Risk & Insurance Online, rewarding workers for following guidelines promoted in employee injury prevention plans has been shown to help businesses lower their reported rates of injury and illnesses.
"Several experts identified a link between certain types of programs and policies and reporting," the Government Accountability Office noted, the news source reports. "Experts and industry officials…suggest that rate-based programs may discourage reporting of injuries and illnesses."
However, they may lead workers to intentionally avoid reporting these problems. For example, workers might shy away from reporting problems at a company that offers employees a bonus or reward if no one in an office suffers an injury for an extended period.
The source notes that behavior-based programs – plans that encourage workers to participate in safety-related activities – could provide positive reinforcement toward workplace safety. Consider this type of plan to help improve office safety.