Tag: safety

Employee Safety – Keep the Shiny Side Up

Employee Safety Keep the Shiny Side UpMay happens to be Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and, with spring in full form, it’s the perfect time focus on safety – both on the road and in the workplace.  If you’ve ever experienced piloting a motorcycle on the open road or off-road trail, you know about the exhilaration and heightened sense of awareness that is a part of every ride.  Riding motorcycles is fun – but there is a lot more to being a motorcyclist than throwing a leg over the bike and taking off.  There is a technical side to riding that, when mastered, provides a sense of pride and accomplishment not found anywhere else.  Safety awareness and safe operation are part of the technical skills needed to get the most out of yourself and your bike.

If you’re interested in taking up the sport (or own a bike and haven’t had certified rider training) – please consider training offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF).  You are guaranteed to have a blast, learn a lot, and get your riding career off on the right track.  If you are an experienced rider, perhaps one of the many rider schools would interest you – such as Keith Code’s California Superbike School.

So, what does motorcycle safety awareness have to do with workplace safety?  Implementation of an employee safety incentive program shares many of the common-sense practices taught in rider training.  Consider the following when building and reinforcing your organization’s culture of safety.

  • Training is absolutely critical.  Correctly piloting your bike is a developed skill and highly rewarding.  It’s very satisfying to negotiate a particular stretch of road correctly – maintaining correct entry and exit speeds, lean angles, braking, throttle control, etc.  Likewise, workplace safety depends upon thorough and consistent training methods and communication.
  • Make the use of safety equipment mandatory.  Your safety incentive program should reinforce your overall safety initiative by helping to develop safe habits.  Wearing safety gear is a part of that, and taking shortcuts can be dangerous.  Never ride without full protective gear – and reward employees for always using safety equipment while on the job.
  • Utilize mentoring to further safe practices.  Fellow riders are always eager to lend a hand; offering assistance with advice, riding technique, and mechanical know-how.  Designate safety team members to fill this role with employees – there to bring along new arrivals and share safe practices.

Our structured QIC Safety Incentive Programs enhance the safety culture and elevate its prominence throughout the organization.  To find out more, contact us here.

Highway Safety and Your Safety Incentive Plan

If 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… Read more »

Employee Recognition Engagement and the Endowed Progress Effect

One key factor in achieving early engagement in an employee recognition or sales incentive program is often overlooked – dedicating a small portion of your budget for enrollment or activation in the program.  This does not have to be a substantial monetary investment, but simply a little something to get the participant started while reinforcing… Read more »

Happy New (Recognition and Incentive Program) Year!

Almost everyone I speak with has been busy with the hustle and bustle of the holidays during the past few weeks, and QIC’s account management team is no exception!  During the month of December we not only plan new recognition and incentive program launches, but many re-launches need to be in place by January 1st. … Read more »

Safety Incentive Programs: Follow the Leader!

Michelle Chappell’s most recent post, Leading from the Front: Developing a Safety Culture, emphasizes the importance of the company leader also complying with the company safety incentive program.  Employees tend to “follow the leader”, so if they see their leader’s actions correlating with the company culture, they will surely follow. To lead means “to guide… Read more »

Leading from the Front: Developing a Safety Culture

While researching ways leaders could communicate key safety incentive program messages to their participants, I came across a wonderful and informative post by Robert I. Sutton on the Harvard Business Review Blog Network.  In his post Robert shares a recent discussion he had with Paul Anderson.  Their discussion was centered on the impact Paul had… Read more »