Adults Work; Children Play Games... Right? Wrong!
For many, the idea of "work" simply leaves no room for enjoying oneself. There's a job to do and we're expected to get it done. That's always been the credo of many American workplaces.
However, any environment which is "all work and no play" has entirely missed the point that a happy worker is a more cooperative employee. Without that cooperation, any business is going to inevitably fail at reducing, if not eliminating, on-the-job safety infractions and the accompanying accidents/injuries.
That's why the introduction of a fun, dynamic means of garnering workforce collaboration is so important.
However, when it comes to the utilization of an effective safety incentive program, the term "Safety Game" is not about playing games at all! It's instead about garnering an employee's attention -- and with it, elevating that person's level of safety awareness to the highest extent possible.
A short biographical story might help shed more light on how a well-designed safety game can have a phenomenal impact on workers, not just individually, but in creating a sense of teamwork and positive morale.
Back in the late 70's, the creator of the Safety Pays program was a successful television writer. One of the secrets he'd learned from that time was to always leave the audience in suspense before going to the commercial breaks. Why? Because television programming exists for one simple reason: To keep the audiences' attention between commercials!
That’s why Safety Pays utilizes a bingo component. It’s designed so that the employees’ experience is one of playing a game together. But what’s actually being provided are any number of avenues to increase their safety awareness, improve communication, and most importantly, to motivate each to help his or her co-workers observe the rules of safety.
Safety Pays is the television programming. A company’s safety program are the commercials we want their audience of employees to pay attention to. The Safety Pays game formula makes a rather mundane subject such as safety morph into a topic which is both fun and worthwhile.
Moreover, with Safety Pays ability to contour itself to a given company's needs, it provides a new methodology to not only motivate workers to make a greater effort to work safely but also improve attendance, housekeeping – any number of collateral concerns relating to employee performance and/or behavior.