Reducing Risk by Driving Workplace Engagement
The single greatest method to improving workplace safety is to engage employees. However, employers should note that engagement and job satisfaction are two different things. While employers want their staff to like their job, engagement is much better for reducing risk. Employees who are engaged have an emotional attachment to their job and take pride in their work. They are more likely to exceed expectations as well.
How Engagement Reduces Risk
Disengaged employees are more likely to have a narrow outlook whereas engaged employees are more aware of their work environment. They look beyond their assigned duties to see how their surroundings may affect their performance. If they notice something is amiss, they will ask questions to address potential workplace hazards. In fact, an engaged workforce is less likely to experience injuries on the job by 50 percent.
How to Improve Employee Engagement
Employers can get an overall feel for engagement with surveys, but this is more likely to provide insight into employee satisfaction. As mentioned above, these are not the same. An employee can be happy but disengaged. The best methods for improving engagement are team collaboration, positive reinforcement, and assigning employees to tasks that allow them to shine. Isolated employees who do not feel appreciated for their work are not going to engage. However, if they feel like they are part of a team or the decision-making process, they will want to participate.
Risk management is a significant element of running a company. Engaging employees is a direct method to reducing risks and improving safety. However, reducing risk does not mean eliminating it. Threats are not always obvious, but a business insurance professional can help. The consultants at The Reilly Company can help your business identify risks before they become a problem. To learn more, contact us today.