Employee committees are an excellent way to engage employees in your safety program. So when employees are involved in safety, the results include higher morale, reduced turnover, increased productivity, and a lot more good stuff.
There are many ways to set up and organize an employee committee. And in this week’s show, we take a bird’s eye view and review the basics.
TAKING THE WORD SAFETY OUT OF YOUR COMMITTEE
This is a new concept for me, but I like it. So the idea is that if you describe everything with the word SAFETY. And you are saying that safety is a separate entity and not entwined in everything the company does. Interesting, right?
MORE THAN JUST ONE MEETING
Employee committees can be organized in several different ways.
- Traditional safety committee
- Department committees
- Project or topic-oriented
- Regulations related
- Combined structure – multiple committees with the chairperson of each reporting to a central committee.
EMPLOYEE COMMITTEES ARE YOUR LEADERS OF TOMORROW
Use your employee committees to develop your people. And not by managing them on purpose. Because I see many members get promotions. And this is a result of the skills they learned in the committee.
Take the time to train your members, and allow them to lead. And recognize them for their service.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
I have a few posts about employee committees, be sure to check them out.
- Stop Wasting Time on Your Deadbeat Safety Committee
Sure FireWays to Get Them on Your Safety Committee
Then leave a comment and tell me about your employee committee. What is going well, and what are you struggling with?
Highlights From This Episode:
- How having an employee committee benefits the company
- The advantage of removing the word safety
- The different types of committees
- How to organize your committee
- Recognizing your committee members
Hi, I'm Brye (rhymes with sky)! I am a self-proclaimed safety geek with two decades of general industry safety experience. Specializing in bringing safety programs to a world-class level and building a safety culture, I have trained and coached many safety managers, just like you, on how to effectively manage workplace safety in the real world. I would love to help you too.