Safety and risk management should always be front and center in any organization. As an employer, it is your responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. Have appropriate health and safety training programs can help you focus your efforts at improving your work environment. Mitigating risk and liability, costs associated with injuries and missed time are all factors that great companies go above and beyond to address.
It is highly important to provide adequate, consistent, innovative and modern risk management training to meet the needs of today’s ever-changing workforce.
What’s most important is that your system works for your organization. Boost can help you develop a customized solution. It’s up to you to decide how best to operate a safe and healthy workplace, and to put your plan into practice.
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According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Insurance Workplace Safety Index, workplace injuries and accidents that caused employees to miss six or more days of work cost U.S. employers $59.9 billion in 2014, the most recent year for which statistically valid injury data are available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Academy of Social Insurance.
With so many accidents caused by mindlessness, mindfulness becomes a strategy for beating safety complacency by encouraging your employees to approach their work in a state of “relaxed receptivity and readiness.” The benefits of mindfulness go beyond workplace safety and injury prevention, when done right, mindfulness reduces stress and fatigue, increases mental and physical energy, and improves efficiency, productivity, and communications.
Boost training can help your safety leaders and employees learn to implement the following strategies to heighten mindfulness and reduce risk in the workplace be becoming more present, confident and in control of themselves and their environment
- Don’t treat mindfulness like just another buzzword. Encourage your employees to practice it, and practice it yourself. The goal is for you and your team to become more attuned to your surroundings, and this may require reducing or eliminating proforma, go-through-the motions, or checklist-based duties.
- Stay practical. Your goal is not to get your employees checking out into a meditative trance, but rather training employees become more present, confident and in control of themselves and the situation around them.
- Teach your employees to pay attention to self-monitor for tension, pain and energy levels. Something as simple as recognizing when your body is exhausted and taking a break or stretch can help prevent injuries. Breathing techniques work great as well.
- Encourage engagement in all arenas of life. Give them a reason to be engaged at work. When workers are engaged, their senses are heightened and they naturally become more mindful. This applies whether they are at work, or at play.
- Improve personal control. Workers can control stress by using breathing exercises, mind calming visualizations, or realigning their bodies. You should train your workers in these stress reduction techniques.
- Solidify physical balance. Boost will teach your employees to maintain their balance using self-monitoring and on-going adjustment. Boosting balance reduces the falls, soft-tissue and finger and hand injuries, while also making employees feel more in control of their bodies.
- Focus on the present moment. There is a lot of noise and distractions in the average person’s mind these days. Boost will help your employees train their mind to focus on the present, not the past, and not the future. When applied to safety, it means your employees need to pierce through their misconceptions and theories to see the risks and changes that are present now. One common and effective technique for getting your mind focused on the present moment is to pause and notice your breath for a few minutes.
- Boost training reduced staff disengagement by 25%
- Improved confidence by 40%
- Increases sales by 39%
- Motivation increased by 20%
- Improved Focus by 30%
- Mitigates risks and liabilities within the organization
- Data from Boost MTLA pre and post assessments 2017-2018
Just imagine the impact this type of training can have on your bottom line and costs associated with injuries, workers comp, accidents etc