Although not specifically listed as an attribute in the definition of an excellent workplace, it is without a doubt that a great workplace is also a safe workplace. After all, a company that values trust and fairness is one that has their employees’ best interest in mind — they will do all they can to ensure the enforcement of both safety measures and practices. But how exactly does safety correlate to better workplace atmosphere? Here are a few interesting facts we found:
A Healthy Workplace is one that Values Safety
All employees are entitled to a safe workplace under federal laws. However, maintaining a safe workplace is more than following the law. As the Maine Department of Labor echoes, “Safety pays for everyone.” This is because work-related injuries or illnesses not only causes pain and suffering, but also may lead to loss of income and sometimes job or career. According to the Maine Department of Labor, injured workers “may also suffer from low self-esteem, loss of independence, mental health problems, other medical problems, and damaged relationships.” On the contrary, a workplace with a lower injury rate has naturally more healthy employees. Workers thrive in a safe work environment because they are confident that their employers will treat them as “people” and not some “money-making machines”.
A Safe Work Environment Produces Happy Employees
When employers put safety first, they are effectively eliminating accidents and helping employees to perform their jobs without fear or anxiety. This allows workers to enter their workplace with a positive attitude, knowing that they will be safe and kept from harm. Happy workers are also productive workers. According to Diane Lang, psychotherapist, author and positive living speaker, “Happiness increases our levels of dopamine, which produces our learning abilities. It helps us learn better and more efficiently.”
Safety Cultivates Trust
In addition to producing happy and confident workers who are motivated to excel, raising safety awareness in your workplace also promotes a trusting work atmosphere. By diligently maintaining a safe workplace, your employees will see that you are not just another safety “talker”, but a “doer”. Consistently aligning your words with your actions reinforces the employer-employee relationships. As OSHA finds, “Workplaces with active safety and health leadership have fewer injuries, are often rated ‘better places to work,’ and have more satisfied, more productive employees.” Even when injuries or illness inevitably take place, affected employees are said to return to work more quickly, while continuing to produce higher-quality products and services.
Safety First and the Rest Will Follow
Safety is an invaluable asset especially when it comes to encouraging a friendly and productive work atmosphere. So keep your workers safe with appropriate workplace safety training, rules and equipment. You will be happy to find out that your workers are not only happier, but also more motivated about advancing your business goals.