This line may be over-said, but communication is key. Effective communication ensures that your workforce consistently practices proper health and safety measures. When you can rally your team and get everyone aligned with what needs to be accomplished and how to do it safely, you’re one step closer to success. Consider the following points as we provide ways on how to engage employees in health and safety meetings.
What are the dangers of poor communication?
If meeting efforts are misguided, talking to our workers, getting their insights, and identifying issues can often go undetected. Poor communication can lead to an array of unfortunate onsite mishaps. When this happens, it can cause extensive stress and increase workforce accidents regularly. Some common dangers of poor communication include:
- Toxic work culture
- Unclear roles and procedures
- Mistrust with management
- Failure to orient new members
- Lack of desire to participate
- Lack of progress and forward-thinking practices
Remember that poor communication in health and safety meetings won’t go unnoticed. For leaders, they’ll take note when members haven’t engaged and experience project accidents. For members, the message won’t be straightforward. This could lead to heightened stress that can impact their overall work performance.
What does healthy communication look like?
Healthy communication can vary across different teams. The common factor in highly engaging meetings is setting a structured agenda to keep it collaborative and necessary. The result will likely lead to improved engagement, reduced time spent on administrative tasks, and forward-led health and safety practices.
Creating an environment where teams opt for a structurally collaborative mindset materializes into clear goals, productive work, and improved trust with higher-ups and their peers.
Ways to Increase employee engagement in health and safety meetings
Let’s be honest. We can constantly improve the way we engage with our teams. There are no limitations. Here are some effective strategies that managers can implement today!
1. Have leaders commit to a high meeting standard
Are your health and safety meetings a priority for you? The answer should always be yes. Suppose the leadership team is not demonstrating their need to take these meetings seriously. In that case, your teams with likely follow suit.
Being a champion for health and safety establishes the expectation of your whole team, and, ultimately, the entire company. Leaders who show commitment to protecting their team, practices, and projects can expect better dialogue and improved processes.
2. Measure and reassess
Things change all the time. New members join, people prefer different methods of collaboration, and workforce safety standards are continuously improving. What’s a simple way to work around all changes as they arise? It might be easier than expected, but the quick answer is to observe all involved in the health and safety talks. Tune in to when they aren’t seemingly engaged, who’s responding to follow-up emails, and the type of feedback they are offering. Measuring all aspects of the meeting is essential in creating highly engaging health and safety talks.
3. Don’t overlook the health aspect
How do you check in with your team members’ health? Not only physical, but their mental, psychological, and social wellness? Of course, the health of any sort isn’t always a welcomed topic. According to a McKinsey & Company study, around 75% of employees know that stigma against mental health is still prominent at work.
Without employee input and feedback, overall health will likely be overlooked. To work around this, leaders can learn from past mistakes by putting themselves in their worker’s shoes. Consider the following questions during the initial stages of finding employee support:
- How do you currently check in with your team?
- How are members likely to respond to your suggestions?
- What tools do they need to prioritize health?
- How are they likely to respond to new programs?
- Who can help us get on the right track to better employee health and engagement?
As leaders, we need to ensure that communication is an essential part of safety and be aware of the repercussions of poor communication with our workforce. You can expect better outcomes by encouraging employees to effectively engage in health and safety meetings.
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