Risg Solutions offers professional customised health, safety, environmental, quality and fire management solutions. Our goal is to support your company in complying with your legal and moral duties, whilst also positively impacting your financial and business performance.
We cover Cardiff, Carmarthen, Swansea, Neath, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales & Borders..
How can you increase employee engagement at your next Health & Safety meeting?
It is highly likely that your business may have returned to work on a limited basis or is able to in the next few weeks as lockdown restrictions are lifted. Either way, health and safety will be very high on your list of priorities and that of your workforce.
Health and safety should always be at the forefront of our thoughts in terms of business operations, but in this current climate, it will be greatly heightened. It is essential to ensure there are no grey areas where employees have to interpret the new measures, rather they should be specifically spelt out, and the most efficient way to do this is via regular health and safety briefings. But let's be realistic, attending a safety meeting is not seen as a highlight in anyone’s working day! So it is imperative that the content and delivery of your health and safety briefings make the audience sit up and listen. If it doesn't then the attendees won’t remember what was discussed. So make time to ensure your safety communication and meetings are anything but tedious!
Here are our tips for better health and safety meetings that will engage the audience and reinforce your company’s commitment to workplace safety...
Interact: Don't be tempted to put all your important messages into a PowerPoint! This may keep your information and images in a format that suits you, but your audience switches off the moment you put up a slide with bold type and a bright background. People don’t interact with slides; they engage and interact with people who share their knowledge and experience.
Simplicity is key: Health and safety meetings are crucial for the safety of your staff and to ensure compliance to safety regulations, so don't just tick the boxes, make sure that you convey a clear message that your organisation needs to become better, not just better informed. The most effective way to do this is to keep it simple. Deal with one thing at a time, and provide supplementary information in a handout.
Reinforce the importance of the message Keep in mind that you need to focus your employees and encourage them to engage with safety and the content you’re sharing. If you cannot focus their attention, you will not get your important message across.
And finally, ensure your staff leave the health and safety briefing with a clear and concise call-to-action. Emphasis what you want them to do differently, be specific about each step or action that you would like them to take. Every point of discussion should lead to that one specific action and you will be sure that safety is taken seriously in your organisation.