Employee attitudes are the greatest cause of workplace accidents. Why is this the case? To start with, any human being with a negative attitude towards their job is likely to under perform. The same way, they are likely to violate the workplace rules, or fail to comply with safety measures such as wearing protective gear. There cannot be an exaggerated emphasis on employers, to help create a working environment that is conducive enough to eliminate any negative attitudes from its employees. Not only will accidents reduce, but the company will also enjoy more productivity.
Additionally, eliminating workplace hazards cannot always be an effective way to reducing unsafe behaviors from employees. This only reduces chances of accidents occurring. To stop the unsafe behaviors from workers, employers must make sure that employees’ attitudes on health and safety matters are positive. Employees tend to blame others when an incident occurs, and mostly the management. This can be avoided by ensuring that the above mentioned have put in place all safety apparatus.
Changing employees’ unsafe behaviors begins with regular sensitization on how important safety is to them and the organization. Make them understand and always think on the guidelines of safety. Eliminate any members of staff that may be of bad influence to safety, since bad company corrupts good morals. Although it is hard to change attitude instantly, the gradual process almost guarantees the change, especially with the use of a role model. The influence can act as an agent of change.
In most cases, a general negative attitude is linked to a set of other related attitudes. Breaking this chain of related attitudes may curb the main attitude and eventually the right attitude start to form. To change the unsafe behaviors, most of employers use penalties as a way of eliminating unsafe behaviors. This method does not always promise a positive outcome. When employees are punished for unsafe behaviors, they tend to develop a cold shoulder, and fail to commit to ensuring safety at the workplace. In case of accidents, or hazards, they remain silent due to fear of further penalties. This failure to report results to increased exposure of employees to hazards. It is therefore advisable to avoid unreasonable punishments to ensure maximum cooperation. Punishments should be reserved only for when organizations have exhausted all the other means of creating safe environments.
Praising those that have done well in ensuring safety tends to be a good reward. This boosts the need to ensure things are running smoothly, and also creates positive competition from other employees, to see to the same. It is important that the management works in conjunction with its employees to ensure a good attitude, so as to achieve the overall objective of a safe working environment, and good employee behavior.