Many managers of businesses make an effort to stress safety in the workplace. An unsafe workplace cannot just cause injury to employees but, in doing so, leads to lower productivity, higher insurance premiums and lower revenues. Fortunately, employees can participate in a number of fun exercises that emphasize the importance of workplace safety.
Prizes for Safety Spotters
One fun way of promoting safety is to offer a small prize to employees who make suggestions about safety practices or who identify a potentially unsafe situation. For example, if an employee noticed a potential fire hazard, he could be rewarded for bringing it to management's attention. Depending on the company, the reward can be small -- say, a candybar -- or larger -- for example, a gift certificate.
One way of promoting workplace safety is constructing signs, such as posters and flyers, that remind employees of proper safety procedures and precautions. While the message of these signs is serious, the medium need not be. Encourage employees to make their own signs, using whatever design they choose, so long as the final product is legible. Consider offering a reward for the most creative sign.
Many workplace safety-related concepts can be acted out with skits. For example, some workplace accidents can be avoided by properly operating machines. Break employees up into different teams and have them act out different scenarios that promote proper workplace safety. This will better ingrain the ideas in the minds of both viewers and actors. A reward may be given to the group with the best skit.
Workplace Safety Songs
If you or an employee has a knack for musical composition, you may wish to pen a few workplace-safety related ditties and then host a sing-a-long. Songs should be simple and easy to sing. Lyrics should emphasize the importance of safety and explain safe procedures. If unable to pen your own, workplace songs are available online (see Resources).
Hold Safety Briefings Off-Site
Many businesses are required to provide regular safety briefings to their employees. For businesses with more dangers, these briefings can often be long and, if communicated poorly, tedious. Safety briefings can be more fun if held off site -- at a park, in a local bar or restaurant or as part of a company field trip.
Michael Wolfe has been writing and editing since 2005, with a background including both business and creative writing. He has worked as a reporter for a community newspaper in New York City and a federal policy newsletter in Washington, D.C. Wolfe holds a B.A. in art history and is a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y.