Employee committees are an excellent way to get employees engaged and involved in your safety program. When employees are engaged in safety the results include higher morale, reduced turnover, increased productivity, leading to a lot more good stuff.

There are many ways to set up and organize an employee committee.  In this week’s show, we take a bird’s eye view and go over the basics.

TAKING THE WORD SAFETY OUT OF YOUR COMMITTEE

This is a new concept for me, but I like it.  The idea is that if you describe everything with the word “Safety” 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.  Not that it is done on purpose, but I see many members get promotions.  This is a result of the skills learned in the committee.

Take the time to train your members, 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.

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

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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 train and coach safety managers, just like you, on how to effectively manage workplace safety in the real world.   I would love to help you too.

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