03 Jan An Overarching New Year’s Resolution
People make them every year. With great intentions, we look forward to make changes in our lives that often commence following that crystal ball dropping in Times Square. But according to Forbes Magazine, 92% of New Year’s resolutions fail. How’s that for an optimistic first blog of the year 😉
Here’s one that easily has a 92% chance of succeeding! And here’s the motivation: the health and safety of young workers who rely on your guidance, possibly more than you realize, whether they’re your children or other young people in your care.
It’s not a complicated one. It revolves around you doing one thing – checking in with your young workers relating to their safety in their workplaces. Here are some examples:
If they’re starting a new job. Ask them if they’re getting safety training. Get a sense of what their tasks will be and find out if there are hazards associated with those tasks. Find out if they need to show up with their own personal protective equipment (protective footwear, eye protection, etc.). Inquire about the workplace in general and if there are any other hazards that they may come in to contact with. They may just be doing inventory in a warehouse, but still have to walk through areas with multiple forklifts or workstations using high voltage equipment.
Find out about the people with whom they work. Are people treated fairly? Do they sense any bullying or harassment of any kind either to themselves or co-workers?
Ask them about the organization as a whole. Does their gut tell them the place they work truly cares about the safety of employees? Do they keep the workplace clean or are there cluttered pathways, grease slicks that aren’t remedied or other things that indicate a lax attitude towards safety?
If they are continuing in a job that they’ve had for a while. Ask them if anything’s changed. Is there any new equipment that they operate in which they haven’t been properly trained? Are there any new people with which they interact who behave inappropriately in any way to them or their co-workers? Has their work environment changed in any adverse ways? An example would be protective railing that has been damaged and not repaired in a timely manner.
By asking the above questions and others that may come out of the responses you may hear, you’ll be starting a very important dialogue that would likely otherwise not take place. If these conversations do uncover hazardous situations of any kind, it will present an opportunity to remind your young worker of their worker rights and also enable you to help them navigate through any situations that are cause for concern.
Unlike other resolutions that may require hard physical exercise, quitting chocolate or other monumental tests of willpower, this one is fairly easy. It will also reward you with the satisfaction of knowing that in 2019 you played an important role in ensuring your young worker had safe, injury-free work experiences.