The Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia published on their blog that that engaged employees are safer, more productive, make better use of corporate assets, are more likely to stay and are more supportive of organizational change. They also have lower rates of absence and they work harder to deliver strategic objectives. In addition to these benefits, an engaged workforce is better health and safety outcomes. A study by Gallup, Harter, Schmidt, Kilham and Agrawal established a relationship between employee engagement and organizational outcomes. The study found that companies where employees were highly engaged were on average:
- 12 % more profitable;
- 18 % more productive;
- 25 % more likely to stay employed at the organization;
- almost 50 % less likely to suffer workplace incidents or injuries.
Designing and managing a stellar Health and Safety program for your organization means more than just meeting your requirements for Due Diligence. It means empowering employees to be a part of the process. Spectra Energy,an oil and gas firm in Houston, is a good example of how redefining a Health and Safety program (and setting record lows for employee injury and illness) by incorporating employee feedback, and implementing the following changes:
- strengthened its wellness programs,
- established and broadened flexible work schedules;
- offered employees retirement planning education.
- field supervisors and managers in the field participated in a program called Safety Leadership 360, which included rigorous evaluation and coaching sessions focused on safety;
- To help employees become more engaged with helping the company meet its goals, leaders planned field visits and regional town hall meetings to give employees more opportunities to interact with top management and discuss the big picture.
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