Communication. It’s the key for any strong relationship, and it’s the key for a strong work environment as well. One of the best definitions of communication I’ve read is” Communication is the process of passing information and understanding from one person to another.”. Most people are very good at passing information along but taking the time to make sure everything is understood is the real key.
Effective communication is essential in the workplace, not only for exchanging information that pertains directly to tasks, but for safety as well. Communication between employees and the employer is key to ensuring that everyone is safe at work. The best thing management can do is to foster a work environment where healthy communication is encouraged, so when employees come across something that is unsafe, or they have an idea for how to improve a particular task, they will feel comfortable and supported to bring these things forward. The bottom line: Everyone has the right to work in a safe environment.
Take a look at this 3-minute video that deals with communicating at work: https://youtu.be/Vw63uSoA6JM
Belmont has created the Occupational Health & Safety Committee (OH&S) specifically to help address safety in the workplace. Since the induction of this committee, Belmont has included safety tips to help improve the workplace environment, as well as address safety issues. As an example, eye wash kits were installed in case someone would need that to treat an injury. Additionally, OH&S ensures that Belmont has the appropriate staff trained in first aid and that the first aid kits on site are up to date and stocked. Things like this help to foster a level of security and lets employees know that Belmont takes their safety seriously.
OH&S is always welcome to hearing ideas about ways to make the workplace safer, as well as any concerns that people may have. What things can you identify to make workplaces safer?