Mention an upcoming safety training session and watch employees react with drowsiness and apathetic glares. But this unenthusiastic response can be overcome by making your next safety gathering a worthwhile experience. While safety training is informational and mandatory, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Motivational games and interactive demonstrations can make participants pay close attention to instructions while a positive approach can turn these meetings into enjoyable times filled with proactive learning.
Invite guest speakers to perk up the crowd. Employees can grow tired of seeing the same speakers at safety training. This can cause them to block out new information or even seek ways to avoid the training. Surprising employees with lively guest speakers like firefighters or local safety officials can add an element of excitement. Ask employees who they would like to have as guest speakers and which safety topics to cover to get more people involved in the process.
Present training material using a variety of media. This approach appeals to the greatest number of learners and can eliminate long lectures and blank stares. Distribute handouts containing in-depth information as well as quick-reference cards. A slide presentation can help break up information into “bite-size” chunks. Find short videos that address safety topics to reinforce messages and maintain audience attention.
Break audience members into small groups for safety games and activities. This helps motivate employees to pay attention and to help each other master lessons. Use role-playing games to encourage quick thinking in real-world scenarios. A scavenger hunt to find safety violations can be a fun game to play. Choose trivia games to test mastery of training information. Prizes for active participation and for winning challenges may encourage employees to try harder. Consider crowning a “Safety Champion” at the end of each training session to keep employees looking forward to capturing the title.
Perform skits that highlight safety-training messages. This creative approach can instill important knowledge while keeping safety training interesting. Showing employees the correct ways to prevent accidents and handle emergencies instead of just telling them can make safety-training sessions worthwhile. Examples of appropriate skits include putting out fires, proper lifting techniques and avoiding slips. Asking volunteers to act out impromptu scenarios can also make safety-training fun.
Switch up the location of safety training to make it more interesting. Holding meetings away from the workplace or even just outside, can break the monotony of workplace life. Consider incorporating safety training into company pride days and recognition ceremonies can make employees more eager to participate in sponsored activities.
Refreshment breaks at safety training sessions can motivate employees and break up the tedium. Incentives such as extra time or cash prizes can prompt employees to demonstrate their competence during safety training.
Avoid going into safety training with a negative attitude. This includes expressing dread about being in charge of the events.