The only problem is, many employees mentally check out of mandatory training sessions and resent the distraction from their everyday work. And if they’re not listening, they’re not going to change their behaviors. Basically, you’re essentially throwing that ergonomics budget out the window.
What to do?
According to this article, Engagement Is the Key to Safety, but How?, written by a top safety consultant, it’s important to put entertainment first in training sessions. The key is to make participants laugh and enjoy what they’re doing. It’s important to make the training feel more like a fun, participatory event than a lecture. From there, it’s a smart idea to organize regular check-ins with an ergonomist. You can also meet up and discuss your progress with any ergonomic buddies you may have. This is so that employees can support each other in achieving their ergonomic goals.
Getting your training right will have big payoffs in the long run, as companies with high rates of ergonomic compliance also see increased safety levels, lowered workers compensation claims and absentee rates, and higher productivity. How’s that for a good investment?
What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen someone do in a presentation? Let us know in the comments below.