Once upon a time, in order to get employees to follow a company's safety rules and procedures all management had to do was threaten them. The employees didn't like it, but they would obey for fear of losing their jobs. Blind compliance was achieved - but the way to get it made for a terrible place to work.
Then employers "evolved" to holding safety meetings replete with gory photos of dismembered limbs and injury survivors telling their 30-year-old "don't do what I did" stories. In short, bad and ineffective management resorted to scare tactics (which some workplaces still use today) to coerce their employees into following safety policies. There is a certain irony in terrorizing workers into being safe.
It's that time of year again: time for companies to examine their current employee benefits and consider their options for increasing value - preferably without increasing cost. This year, such decisions are further complicated (and made more challenging) by a global pandemic.
Unsurprisingly, many companies are focusing on tools to help employees stay mentally and emotionally healthy while they engage in social distancing to protect their physical health. More and more employers are expanding employee benefits for virtual healthcare (telehealth) and increasing access to programs that will help improve and maintain employees' mental health and well-being.
For months, screens and newspapers have been covered with compelling images of frontline workers working hard to help everyone get through this pandemic: healthcare staff in full protective gear, working tirelessly in emergency departments; postal and delivery workers carrying important packages to homes and businesses; and grocery store employees stocking shelves to make sure shoppers get what they need. From the start of this pandemic, manufacturing employees have played just as important a role as other frontline workers. But they have less visibility and haven't made the headlines as much, because most consumers don't really think about how products get made and end up where they're needed.
The ABC network's respectful treatment of longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek through his battle with cancer exemplifies compassion. Even as his health deteriorated, they supported his desire to continue working as long as possible, which he did until shortly before his death in November 2020. Their actions follow three key principles for treating with compassion an employee who is navigating a serious medical condition.
Don't make assumptions about an employee's desire or ability to continue working.
In order to keep safety a top priority, every organization must develop and implement a systematic approach to investigating work-related accidents. The investigation process begins with fact finding and ends with a report that includes essential information about the incident (accident or near miss) as well as recommendations for preventing such events in the future. By following these four key steps, investigators can ensure that their incident reports are effective tools for the organization.