Setting safety-related goals in important practice for any business, but especially for those that involve activities that put workers at higher risk of injury. Goals help to give you and your employees a clear focus on what actions and tasks you should be working on. Without them, measuring success just isn’t possible. The SMART goal setting method provides an easy to use framework for setting safety goals and measuring progress. Here’s what you need to know.
When it comes to safety, being specific in your goals is a must. Broader goals make implementation and measurement much more difficult. For example, if you have employees who are routinely working at heights, a specific goal may be to ensure that every new employee is trained and provided with the correct safety equipment before ever stepping onto an active job site.
Goals need to be measured often so that progress over time can be accurately tracked. Sit down with your team and discuss how your safety goals can be measured and who will be responsible for collecting the data and presenting updates on progress.
Pie-in-the-sky goals often sound good in a conference room, but in reality, only achievable goals make lasting changes in an organization. When setting safety-related goals for your business, ask yourself if what you’re thinking about is realistic. There’s nothing quite as demotivating to a team as trying to achieve a goal that is impossible. Before setting a goal, ask yourself if you’re willing to devote the time and resources needed to achieve it.
When goal setting, focus on outcomes. The purpose of a goal is to put the team to work with the end in mind. When your goal focuses on an outcome, the activities needed to achieve it are much easier to discover.
Set a deadline to complete the goal. Open-ended timelines don’t foster the same sense of focus and urgency as a goal that must be met by a specific end date.
Goals provide a team with a sense of purpose and direction. Setting safety-related goals keeps your employees mindful that a safe workplace is important and that they have a role to play in making sure that no one on the team ever has to experience a work-related injury.