By Carl and Deb Potter
The turning of the calendar is often when people reset their goals, start fresh, begin a new chapter, or take any number of other actions to start over. We call it “resetting the counters.” Many organizations make it a time to set company-wide safety goals. Some set a goal of “X” incidents, signifying a reduction in OSHA reportable injuries over the previous year. Others set goals of “zero” injuries or incidents. These goals are great to motivate staff to work safe, yet sometimes seem too lofty for employees. Another way to approach safety goals is to ask employees to set their own personal target. Here’s how to do it.
Setting Personal Targets
Within their workgroup, employees can share their personal targets for zero-injury days, for conducting pre-job briefings or inspections, attending safety meetings, or any other targets that apply to your company. Consider this: most employees will target zero injuries for every workday. And regardless of the number of employees in the organization, the approach will work.
A team of employees can share their individual goals and develop a team aggregate goal. This will help them be accountable to one another and look out for each other. The key is to keep the goals personal and have the employees set the goals themselves. Your organization may have a specific area of focus to reduce injuries. For instance you may be striving to reduce hand injuries or slips, trips and falls. If so, engage individual employees and work groups by asking them to develop personal goals for these areas of emphasis. You may be surprised by the results.