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ImageIn Today’s economy, many workplaces are faced with their demographics nearing retirement.  This presents many challenges and opportunities to investigate potential safety and health concerns and look for ways to keep the aging workforce healthy and engaged.

The six benefits are:

  • · Huge knowledge base of direct and indirect required job skills
  • · Developed sound workplace wisdom and people skills
  • · Ability to support a calm work environment due to respect of his/her coworkers
  • · Skilled ability to train, supervise and mentor, younger coworkers
  • · Experience based approach to problem solving
  • · Loyalty and a sound work ethic

 Developing mentor programs for your workforce to share their skills with newer employees allows for  engagement at all levels and provides pride of leadership for their colleagues. It gives them an opportunity to leave a legacy of their knowledge and wisdom to the future generation.

Workplace adjustments:

There are however some modifications to be made to adjust some workplaces for aging employees, who have different requirements than their younger colleagues.

  • · Their senses deteriorate and reflexes slow down
  • · Flexibility and range of motion shrinks
  • · Thinning Bones and shrinking muscles
  • · Flexibility shrinks

 Preventive measures and aging employee friendly workplaces can easily be done without expensive engineering upgrades.

  • · Worker-friendly scheduling
  • · Reduce noise
  • · Proper lighting
  • · High contrast paint
  • · Proper Ergonomics and if possible change packaging to adjust weight
  • · Minor equipment enhancements

 Employers could motivate his employees to implement a healthier life style. This does not only benefit again employees. An employer can introduce a company wellness program:

  • · Gym membership
  • · Company arranged classes in:

Nutrition and Weight control

Stress management

Moderate exercise

Smoking Cessation

Employee Assistance Program ( changing needs such as taking care of elderly parents, financial planning and retirement concerns)

Identifying these challenges in your workforce can help your organization and your employees remain safe and healthy for the future. 

What are your thoughts?

This article was written after thoughtful and insightful discussions with safety colleagues. Thank you.

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There are so many articles on Safety Culture. The problem for most businesses is to clearly understand what this means for their organization. Where do you start? How do you benchmark against your competitors, your industry, and others in the global economy. How do you really know where you stand?

I have been working in this field for over twenty years, each organization has its own blend of culture, its own pace and definitely its own diverse issues and solutions. There is no right or wrong way to develop a culture however, with the variety of people in your organzation.the bottom line is getting everybody to understand what it means first. What is Safety Culture?

Some say, “It’s the way we do things here’. or “Its a new technique to build employee morale” or some have been heard to say “I’m positive it’s further accidents”. I have heard a variety of responses. The first step is to take a snap shot of where you are today. If you don’t know what the culture of your organization is, how do you know if its “bad”, needs improving or world class. You don’t until you take some key areas and investigate them, delve into why your systems look the way they do, listen to your employees, watch your incident trends, absenteeism, productivity and see if your company’s strategic plan is matching with the goals from top to bottom and meeting your customers demands.

One of the best articles I saw was in reference to the Dupont Tool – Bradley Curve which clearly outlines the stages of a world class safety culture. For me, I am a firm believer in ensuring that we work as a team to have everyone on the same footing..this in itself is a task that requires patience and determination. Culture is the people and safety is the behaviours of the people and the dynamics within your organization.

Your Safety Culture will be dynamic.it will change over time, it will either grow stronger or it will stagnate or it will plateau with changes.

If you would like to discuss your organization’s Safety Culture, contact me here and share your thoughts.