Advice from Buck Peavey

Safety program advice from an industry leader – Peavey Performance Systems

With more than 50 years of incentive experience, Peavey Performance Systems has identified some of the essential qualities of a successful safety incentive program and built them into the Safety Jackpot Safety Incentive Program – and that’s why it’s successful for so many companies today.

1. Set your safety program’s criteria to meet your company’s needs. Safety Jackpot can be individually tailored to help you achieve your goals. It can help you increase safety awareness, improve participation in safety events, decrease accidents, improve attendance or affect other behavior that needs attention.

2. Keep things simple. The simpler the safety program, the easier it is to administer. A good safety incentive program is one that doesn’t take productive time away from any of your employees. Complexity is not a requirement; in fact, it should be avoided.

3. Promotion is key. One of the easiest ways to keep goals in front of everyone is with lots of visible reminders. Plan a Kick-Off Party to promote your company’s exciting, new safety program. And continue to promote the program year ‘round with posters and newsletters – the Safety Jackpot program has lots of ways to keep people motivated.

4. Frequently reward your employees. To keep people motivated and achieving your goals, reward behavior constantly. Weekly distribution of game cards has proven to be effective and bonus cards reward monthly, quarterly, annually or on-the-spot when your employees go “above-and-beyond” on the job.

5. Reward both individual and team performance. Establish a healthy level of pride with a balance of individual recognition and team recognition. Recognize team results so everyone has a stake in the performance of those around them to promote self-supervision and to help direct supervisors police the program.

6. Allow all who achieve to win. Universal recognition is the only way to achieve long-term results. Avoid the "all or none" mentality of penalizing everyone when one person fails to achieve the goal. Everyone who achieves must be recognized for their individual good efforts.

7. Reward proactive behavior. Build in a good balance between proactive behavior and accident prevention. If all of the emphasis is the desired results, the behavior necessary to achieve the results may not be there. Examples of proactive behavior include reporting a near miss, attending a safety meeting, passing a safety quiz or having a safety suggestion implemented.

8. Encourage interaction. Encourage your employees to interact, trade cards and talk about the program. The more interaction among employees, the more excitement there is about your incentive program, which has a direct effect on the success of your safety program and the return on your investment.

9. Be creative. Be prepared to change your program's criteria whenever needed. Spice things up with on-the-spot rewards, award bonus cards for perfect attendance, offer monthly prizes or include game cards with quarterly or annual employee performance awards. Every effort that goes into building interest in the Safety Jackpot program has a direct effect on safety awareness and bottom-line safety costs.

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