Building Employee Engagement into Your Safety Culture

driving-engagementOne key to building a stronger safety culture is to simultaneously build levels of employee engagement. An engaged employee thinks and acts like an owner, and because of that they not only remain safer on the job, but they are also much more likely to help you lead a safety culture.

The primary reasons building employee engagement matters for a safety culture is that, according to at least one study, engaged employees are five times less likely to get hurt on the job, seven times less likely to have a lost-time injury than all other categories of employees, and end up costing the organization one-sixth of that of other employees in terms of workers comp, insurance premiums, fines, lawsuits and stockholder confidence. 

About the Author

Eric Svendsen
Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.