No matter what type of industry you are in, safety must always be the number one priority. However, that all begins with how you communicate your goals to the rest of your staff members. In order to increase the chances of having a workplace that not only understands the safety rules but is able to apply them on a daily basis, you must first understand how to effectively translate that important information to your team. Thus the following includes a few tips to keep in mind when talking to employees about safety in the workplace.
Establish Knowledge Before Your Speech
Delivering a clear and effective speech to your staff about safety all begins with the preparations before the actual talk takes place. If your staff holds a company e-mail, it is highly recommended to send them a digital copy of your talking points and a list of the safety rules ahead of time. This will allow you to establish some knowledge into them before your speech and thus helps to reduce any confusion or wasted time attempting to explain every small detail.
One of the most common mistakes that managers and business owners make when attempting to talk about safety is believing that acting or speaking in a more serious tone is going to get the point across. In many cases, being too serious or robotic in nature can actually cause you to lose the attention of your staff. Some may get bored, while others may feel like they are being threatened. Although joking about the situation is not recommended, it is important to introduce emotion into the mix. Talk about how you care about their safety and making sure they go home to their families. When real human elements are introduced, people will be able to connect to your rules much better and actually apply them within their positions.
Incorporate Video & Pictures Into Your Talk
Although it is always recommended to demonstrate safety protocols in front of the actual area that is being discussed, sometimes that is not possible. In this case, demonstrating the safety rules using video and pictures is your next best option. This is because it’s likely that you will have staff members that are able to grasp information much more effectively if visuals are used.
Introduce Real-World Scenarios
Some employees, especially those who have been with your company for many years, will tend to have the mentality of “I know what I’m doing, and it won’t happen to me.” Even if the dangers are obvious, some people cannot fathom ever being injured or causing injury to someone else. The fact is that those scenarios are simply not real to them. Introducing real-world scenarios where real workers were severely injured or caused an injury to others can be an effective detail to add to your talk. It will be proof that what you are talking about is serious and that it can happen to anyone if the proper safety protocols are not taken seriously.
As you can see from the information above, there are several details that you must be adding to your safety talk in order to make it as effective as possible. In the end, your talk should strive to be clear, effective, and specific to your particular business.