How To Get Employees To Slow Down And Stay Safe

February is National Time Management Month, and in an effort to speed up production, many supervisors push their employees to move faster. However, speed can contribute to mistakes, accidents and injuries. Use these tips to get your employees to slow down and stay safe.

Know the Risks

Evaluate your workplace for areas where employees rush through jobs and face potential dangers. Then create safety guidelines that protect employees and help them slow down.

Create Realistic Deadlines

Meeting production deadlines allows your company to remain profitable, but you don’t want to achieve this goal at the expense of your employees. Be realistic about deadlines and expectations so your employees can take their time, do the job right and avoid getting hurt or causing accidents.  

Focus on One Thing

Rather than improving productivity, multitasking leads to mistakes, reduces focus and causes accidents. Remind employees to focus on one thing at a time to boost accuracy, productivity, creativity, and safety.

Require Breaks

Employees need to recharge and rest. A break allows them to step away from work and focus on something else for a few minutes. They return to work energized and ready to tackle projects with renewed energy and improved safety.

Stretch Often

Frequent stretching boosts focus, prevents repetitive stress injuries, and relieves aches and pains. Include frequent stretch breaks throughout the workday.  

Provide the Proper Equipment

Tools and equipment can improve efficiency. Give your employees access to the equipment they need to do their jobs safely, and be sure they receive training on how to use that equipment properly.

Reduce Overexertion

In the rush to complete projects or fulfill orders, your employees may rush while lifting, carrying or stacking objects. Overexertion can cause strains, pulls and other injuries to backs, wrists, elbows, and spines. Prioritize safety with frequent reminders to slow down. Employees should also use proper lifting techniques, limit the weight they carry, and use a cart or other mechanism to help them lift and carry heavy items.

Avoid Repetitive Motion

Performing the same motion over and over can cause stress, strain and other injuries. Employees must avoid repetitive motions as they accomplish their daily assignments. They should use the proper posture and take breaks to stay safe.

Encourage Sleep

Lack of sleep contributes to brain fog, lack of concentration, impaired judgment, and reduced reaction time. Working late and coming in early can be necessary in emergencies, but it shouldn’t be a habit. Employees need a full night’s sleep to function fully at work during the day.

Your company’s Workers’ Compensation insurance can cover employee injuries that occur on the job. However, encourage your employees to slow down, and you can reduce accidents and promote safety in every department.
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