Employees are the backbone to firms. If they are dissatisfied or careless, they are likely to impact greatly on the overall output of an organization. These very factors help expound on just why employers need to take behavioral safety seriously, and to identify unsafe behaviors so that they are eliminated before they lead to irreversible damages.
There are various reasons why employees may participate in unsafe behaviors while at work. First, is complacency. If an employee has a poor attitude towards his job, or find his or her job monotonous, then they are likely to fall into a routine. This may be risky, especially to a job that requires occasional attentiveness and awareness of safety measures. Secondly, if an employee has received poor training, he or she is likely to attend to matters poorly at the workplace. This in turn increases the chances of accidents. Thirdly, is the employees who are resistant to rules. Such employees are likely to be confrontational to rules, which may put at risk, the rest of the workforce, or the company itself. Lastly, is bad habits. If an employee is already used to a certain way of doing things, it is difficult to change them. For instance, ignoring specific procedures to conducting certain activities at the workplace, may lead to unwanted results and ultimately, accidents or losses. The bad habit can spread to the rest of the staff, making it difficult to control.
It is important for an organization to devise ways to curb unsafe behaviors. First, is to ensure/increase awareness on unsafe behaviors. When employees have been informed on why unsafe behaviors are likely to be detrimental, there is a likelihood that they will draw way from anything that comprises the same. Secondly, imposing heavy penalties on employees that fail to follow rules or guidelines pertaining to unsafe behaviors is also likely to avert the occurrence of the same. Fairness however, has to be observed while imposing penalties, lest employees develop a negative attitude. Thirdly, the management ought to give ample attention to the root causes of the unsafe behaviors, and find ways to eliminate the same. For the elevators of the unsafe behaviors, use of the history of the accidents that have occurred in organizations could tell what the issue is, and the best solutions to the same.
Some companies, after an accident, focus on correcting the systems to avoid further accidents in future. The focus on corrections is mainly done to avoid punishments, which may trigger bad blood between the management and employees. The best strategy in such a case, would be ensuring balance between punishing employees and correcting the systems. Punishing employees with unsafe behaviors, particularly those repeated after several warnings deserve penalties. At the same time, employers should investigate and correct their systems to avert the repeat of an accident in future.