The Economics of Employee Safety Training

How saving lives saves money

Economics of Employee Safety Training

Let’s face it: not everyone gets excited about employee training. Employees themselves often dread it. On the other side of things, upper level management and executives are often more focused on the bottom line and keeping costs low. Fortunately, looking at the economics of employee safety training reveals that there are plenty of ways to discuss the importance of a good onboarding program while simultaneously focusing on your company’s finances.

The primary consideration with any safety training is how well it prepares employees for the hazards associated with performing the many tasks demanded of them. Specifically, it should focus in on those dangers that are most prevalent and that are most likely to cause an injury, and it must convey this information in ways that ensure employees are able to retain it.

However, there is a second side to the safety training discussion. It’s no secret that successful employee onboarding costs money, and it’s also no secret that executives don’t want to spend any more money than is necessary. For this reason, it is important to be able to explain the economics of employee safety training and the financial upside to developing and implementing a strong onboarding plan.

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The Blackjack Method of Onboarding: Feedback and Goals

What a game of cards can teach you about employee onboarding

Blackjack Method of Onboarding Feedback and Goals

Setting up effective employee onboarding looks a lot like starting a game of cards. To see how, we’ll need to take a closer look at what we call the Blackjack Method of Onboarding.

Imagine sitting down to play cards with a group where some people think they are playing Poker, some Blackjack, and still others Hearts. One poor sap even thinks the game is Uno.

How would that game go? How long would you continue playing before you give up and leave to do something else?

Goals and feedback are vital in any enterprise, whether it’s a competitive game, a home improvement project, or a company. Without them, there’s no driving force moving you forward, spurring you to bigger and better things.

Unfortunately, many companies fail to keep this simple truth in mind in developing and onboarding their employees. Oftentimes, managers are looking for a Full House while employees are trying to decide if they should stand pat at 17. As a result, employees don’t accomplish the goals the manager has set, and the manager does not provide the support the employees expect. Both sides upset the other, and the company loses time and money.

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The Importance of Employee Onboarding

Your Onboarding Process Demonstrates How Your Company Views Itself and Its Employees

Importance of Employee Onboarding

The way your company handles the onboarding process reveals a great deal about what it values and its expectations of all its employees. To see how, and to better understand the importance of employee onboarding, we need to consider the movie Miracle.

Ostensibly a sports movie documenting the best story in American sports history, Miracle tells the story of the 1980 men’s United States Olympic hockey team and their improbable defeat of the powerhouse Soviet team and eventual gold medal win. However, perhaps equally well, it also tells the story of one of the greatest implementations of a successful onboarding strategy in history.

Given those two possible directions, it’s clear why the marketing team at Disney decided to focus the commercials on the greatest American sports story angle. Not many people are looking for a movie about the importance of employee onboarding these days.

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The Advantages of Mobile Employee Onboarding

How Focusing On Accessibility Maximizes Efficiency

Mobile Employee Onboarding

You’ve been there. Sitting in a mandatory hours-long training session comprised primarily of one person lecturing you on best practices by reading lines directly off of a PowerPoint presentation. After about ten minutes of trying to follow along, you realize this first section of material doesn’t really apply to your position, so you let your mind wander.

Once they do start talking about your responsibilities, you try to pay attention, but the combination of the fact that you already know most of the information and that you are worried about all the things you need to get done today means that you aren’t really internalizing any of what is being presented.

After multiple hours, the session is over and you have received all of the training you will get for the next few months. And you didn’t actually get any of it.

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The Blackjack Method of Onboarding: Self-Sufficient Employees

Why successful management is a lot like dealing a game of blackjack

Blackjack Method of Onboarding

Successful employee development is made a lot easier by what we like to call the Blackjack Method of Onboarding.

A game of blackjack begins unconventionally when compared to other popular card games. At the outset, half of everyone’s cards are visible to everyone present. The dealer first deals everyone a card face-down, and then follows that with a card face-up. This means that there is a mutual state of general awareness of what each player is holding, but uncertainty about what they need to do next.

In essence, this is exactly how companies operate. To see how this is the case, we need to consider a couple of things from the dealer’s point of view.

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Training to Prevent the Fatal Four

How an effective onboarding process helps prevent the four most common construction-related employee injuries and fatalities

Fatal Four

Every year, thousands of workers die while performing tasks related to their job. Of these, approximately one out every five is in the construction industry. While there is an element of danger intrinsic to this work, effective and consistent employee training can mitigate this and lead to a safer workplace for everyone. One of the areas that deserves special attention in the onboarding process is the Fatal Four.

According to these statistics on OSHA’s website, there are four types of hazards that represent more than half of all construction-related fatalities each year, and together they are known as the Fatal Four. These are:

  • Falls
  • Electrocution
  • Struck by object
  • Caught in/between

Over 500 casualties occur each year due to these Fatal Four, but is this simply because there are insufficient regulations geared toward preventing them?

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How Do Employees Learn?

Why Employee Onboarding Should Be Just Like Riding a Bike

Employees Learn

A company’s employee onboarding system should take into account how employees learn. To illustrate why, you need to think about a skill you learned in your childhood.

Do you remember how to ride a bike? When was the last time you studied up on the 10 essential bike riding techniques? Which bicycle basics podcasts do you follow every week?

I would guess that though you rarely, if ever, actively seek training on bike riding, you would still be able to stay upright and even propel yourself forward on one if given the opportunity. But why is that?

While there are undoubtedly many reasons for this, one of them certainly stems from the manner in which you first learned. If your entire history of experience with bicycles was limited to reading a book about them or listening to someone describe in detail how to ride one, you would likely remember very little about it and would likely be apprehensive about trying to get on one yourself.

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What is Employee Onboarding?

The onboarding process is the most vital factor in determining an employee’s success with your company.

Employee Onboarding

Recently, much has been made about the struggle to retain employees and what steps can be taken to ensure employees are satisfied in their workplace. One of the most often overlooked factors in determining the likelihood of an employee wanting to stay put is how well they understand their place in the company and how to do their job. In other words, employee satisfaction depends on employee onboarding.

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