Category: Employee Safety Incentives

Employee safety incentive programs

Highway Safety and Your Safety Incentive Plan

Highway Safety and Your Safety Incentive PlanIf you commute to work chances are good that you see your share of accidents each week – and perhaps a good number of near misses.  I’m surprised the number isn’t higher given the congestion of our nation’s roads and highways.  In many ways, highway safety has much in common with safety incentive programs.

An examination of NHTSA safety data regarding highway fatalities confirms that even with a slight increase from 2011 to 2012, over the past five years they are at historic lows.  According to the report, “fatalities in 2011 were at the lowest level since 1949 and even with this slight increase in 2012, we are still at the same level of fatalities as 1950. Early estimates on crash fatalities for the first half of 2013 indicate a decrease in deaths compared to the same timeframe in 2012.”

Of course, there are a lot of reasons for this trend.  Today’s vehicles are safer, thanks to ABS, seat belts, airbags, traction control, and other innovations.  Honda even offers a Goldwing motorcycle with an airbag.  In other words, safety is a priority.

Roads and highways are constructed with safety in mind.  Remember from your childhood the old “dead man’s curve” or “suicide hill?”  Every community had one or both, but now roads are designed to be much safer to travel.  Road and highway signage is improved as well.

Many states have adopted more stringent guidelines for new drivers in an effort to foster safer, well informed, more educated drivers.  National, multi-channel driver safety campaigns about seat belt use, child restraint systems, alcohol or drug impaired driving, and distracted driving are also prevalent.

So how do these correlate to your safety incentive program?  Think about the highway system as the workplace, full of workers instead of commuters.  The goal of safety incentive programs is to create a culture of safety in order to prevent and/or reduce accidents.  We don’t want harm to come to our employees – and we also don’t want to harm the organization with lost time accidents that could be prevented.

Vehicle safety innovations and safety-focused road construction are not unlike your responsibility to provide all employees with a safe working environment  – through safe work areas and the use of all available safety equipment.

Finally, education and communication are imperative – much like you would use leading safety indicators – designed to focus your employees on the right kinds of behaviors in order to prevent future accidents.  You also should use lagging safety indicators – such as the NHTSA data – to measure past occurrences.

Contact us to find out more about safety incentive programs and the use of leading and lagging safety indicators in your program.

Recognition and Incentive Solutions – Partner not Pioneer

A recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog entry by John Saddington entitled Look to Partner, Not Pioneer addresses a culture of innovation over partnership and how that may not always be the best solution to one’s business goals.  If you are considering a recognition or incentive program for your organization, partnering with a recognition and incentive solutions… Read more »

The X’s and O’s of Incentive Program Design

At QIC we decided to follow up the Broncos – Seahawks Big Game with a soup bowl (or two) of our own.  For a little friendly competition we had a soup cook-off (dubbed the QIC Souper Bowl) on the Monday following the Seahawks’ victory.  In the process I discovered a direct parallel to effective incentive… Read more »

Website Demolition and Incentive Program Design

There’s a very interesting, somewhat tongue-in-cheek article in a recent edition of the Marketing Profs news compilation and blog. (Side note: If you haven’t already checked out this excellent service, I highly recommend it). This particular article, Destroy Your Website in 13 Easy Steps, by Andy Crestodina, highlights some practices that companies definitely should avoid… Read more »

Managing to Motivate – Improving Employee Engagement

Monday I referred to Gallup’s study entitled The State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders – and its finding that managers and leaders hold a powerful influence on workers’ engagement levels.  Employee engagement is enhanced when leaders focus on employee strengths – motivating them to participate in the success of… Read more »

Recognition and Incentive Rewards – Trophy Value Lasts a Lifetime

In the Incentive and Reward Recognition industry, there are many articles, whitepapers, etc. written about this idea of Trophy Value as it relates to the rewards offering.  Trophy Value meaning the continued reminder tangible rewards, as opposed to non-tangible rewards (e.g., cash and gift cards), provide of the task completed and the work performed in… Read more »