A Safe Workplace Culture with Incentive Programs

by: Nichole Gunn November 9, 2010

Smart Business Cincinnati explains that employee incentive programs and strong company leadership promotes a ‘safe’ oriented workplace culture.

Having a safe workplace culture, according to business leaders, can lead to a number of overall benefits, including:

  • Increased productivity
  • Increase morale
  • Improved employee retention
  • Reduced operating costs

To create this type of safe environment, notable changes are needed to establish a safe culture shift in employees. Jonathan Theders, president of Clark-Theders Insurance Agency, told the publication that “good safety cultures find ways to continue to focus on safety because they know what the ultimate downside could be.”

As with any chain of command, to effectually produce change and a desired result, change and effort from the top needs to be implemented first. It also requires ongoing effort; change does not happen overnight. Clearly defined rules need to be in place, and they must be reinforced with incentives for meeting and exceeding goals, and penalties for not doing so.

Motivating employees to meet change head on may be accomplished through employee incentive programs. The source notes that “recognizing positive action is just as important as stopping negative actions.” To help employees meet the challenge, they need to be aware of the long-term effects of their actions.

When initiating change and incentive programs, it’s important to know that some strategies are more useful than others. According to EHS Today, “incentive marketing expert Sean Roark said that merchandise rewards showed a much stronger response than cash.”