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2016 Job Outlook

As safety pros change jobs, new challenges arise

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What respondents said about frequent job turnover

What do you think?

When a safety pro changes jobs, does it generally have a positive or a negative effect on worker safety?

More respondent comments

Q
After you start a new job as a safety professional, what is a reasonable time frame for developing a strong safety program?

“I would say [within] three years you should have a good handle on everything and have solid programs implemented. This, however, is only possible if you are supported.”

“One year to implement and establish a strong safety program. However, the safety process is a continuous process of never-ending improvement.”

“I don’t think there is a standard answer. Many variables involved: management level of commitment, effectiveness of the safety pro, level of readiness of the organization, definition of ‘strong,’ etc.”

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What can be done to encourage safety professionals to stay longer with their organizations?

“Management needs to support safety professionals by offering continuing education, challenging work and better recognition.”

“More money never hurts, but receiving the respect and cooperation of your co-workers and supervisor are probably more critical.”

“Give them more freedom to try new things. Let them actually ‘own’ the program vs. just owning the injuries or the problems. Basically empower them to effect change without the constant micromanagement so often associated with it.”

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Do you believe the trend of workers frequently changing jobs is here to stay? Why or why not?

“Yes, due to lack of company loyalty to employees.”

“Yes – until management actually demonstrates commitment by offering support to newly placed safety professionals instead of throwing the garbage on them and expecting a one-man show to do a miracle within a year.”

“I think it will eventually stabilize. Right now there are boomers, x-generation, y-generation, millennials, and they all have different job philosophies. Eventually, things will become more stable.”

“Yes. Companies fail at promoting from within, recognition, rewards, raises and communicating. It is much easier for a safety professional to trade jobs to obtain these things.”

“Yes. The younger generation doesn’t stay in one position long anymore. They are looking to advance faster than previous generations.”

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How would you describe the current job market for experienced safety and health professionals? Is this a good time to find a job as a safety pro?

“I believe this is a fairly good time to find a job in the safety field and it is going to get better in the near future. Looking at the trend of ages of employees in the field, there are a lot nearing retirement and very few on the younger end of the scale.”

“I think it is a good time for safety professionals. Many businesses are seeing the benefits and need for hiring safety professionals in their field.”

“Not actively looking for a new job, but when trying to hire qualified people for open positions, we find it difficult to find good people. For many safety professionals, this is probably a good time to be job hunting because if you are good, you can demand higher pay, a better title and better locations.”

“I think the market is mixed. It depends on the sector (chemical, mining, construction, etc.), region and willingness to relocate. A safety pro not tied to an industry and willing to relocate probably has the best bet to find a job.”


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