Discipline is a critical component of high-functioning safety systems. Used in the right way, discipline establishes an organization’s commitment to safety by enforcing the rules and procedures designed to keep people safe.
Getting employees to follow the rules – even those that keep them safe – is more difficult than simply having the desire to avoid injuries. Culture, leadership, organizational systems and other factors make up a complex system that interacts with, influences and guides workplace behavior.
As another year begins, safety leaders have much to be proud of. Across industry, organizations are enjoying record-low injury rates, a place for safety on the agenda and greater safety literacy across more employees than ever before.
It’s no longer a secret that safety has a lot to offer organizations. We also know that safety needs to have “a seat at the table” everywhere strategy is set, including the boardroom. But aside from a handful of progressive organizations, that “seat” isn’t there. Why not?