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Maintaining Motivation – Safety Incentives Require Updates

All too often, a company buys a safety incentive game (generic safety bingo is a great example), puts it into place – and then a year later can’t figure out why it’s not providing any results.   First, such simple safety incentive approaches usually do little in the way of genuine loss control.   Instead, they’re a one size fits all approach that provides some game pieces and a set of rules.   After that, the users are on their own.

Effective employee motivation simply won’t work that way.   It’s like feeding the employees the same meal day in and day out, thinking they’ll remain interested in the food served.    Human psychology simply doesn’t work that way.

As a result, one of the essential elements of any safety incentive approach is that it be kept fresh and dynamic.   There must, from time to time, be introduced into the equation entirely new elements to keep employee focus.   Besides, why limit the fun when Safety Pays offers so many ways to divert from its usual formula.

Having a company picnic or year-end holiday party?   Our customers are offered our Grand Prize Game Round design.    Want to run a game round with as many as 10 or more bingo winners?   We provide an entire set of instructions and budget-conscious pay-outs.    Would you like to add absenteeism and tardiness to your Safety Pays game?   Let us show you a number of options how.

Safety Pays can be found in virtually every industrial and business sector, and there’s a huge reason why:  Its versatility.   The program is designed to be adaptable to any environment not to mention any loss control need.   That certainly includes the ability to change-up how Safety Pays is played depending on a company’s given needs.

There’s a reason that Safety Pays has been the nation’s safety incentive leader for nearly 3 decades; we provide much more than just a product but the customer service support to match.   That includes a regular flow up Program Upgrades ensuring Safety Pays will live on and on –and we have customers still using Safety Pays since the early 1990’s.

Safety continues to Pay 25 years later!

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No Gambling Allowed On These Premises!

The question is an obvious one:   Is Safety Pays use of the game of bingo a form of gambling?   The short answer is:  ‘No, of course not.’

This safety incentive program has been made available to the public for nearly 30 years.   If there was the slightest chance it violated some governing authorities local codes or state statutes, we would most certainly have been informed of it by now.

The reason Safety Pays use of bingo does not violate such gaming laws is simple; there’s nothing being placed at risk by the participants.    Most Civil Codes define gambling as ” the wagering of money something of value (referred to as “the stakes”)… with the primary intent of winning money or material goods…”

A company’s employees are never required to pay money much less anything else in order to participate in the Safety Pays program.  Their only requirement is remaining in strict compliance with all company safety policies.  Its bingo mechanism is utilized strictly to maintain employee focus on safety in a happy, healthy and fun way.

It’s actually no different than when a Company uses a drawing in order to award employees prizes at annual events.   Is such a drawing somehow construed as conducting a ‘lottery’?    Absolutely not for the same reasons as defined earlier; the winners of such employee drawings have not been required to put anything at risk in order to win.

As is the case with a random drawing, bingo is simply a technique for prize distribution based on chance.   Fundamental fairness is inherent in what is delivered.  Furthermore, nobody ever loses as a Safety Pays participant.   Every winner is representative of the entire workforce’s success in avoiding on-the-job safety infractions.

Moreover, bingo is participatory in nature.   Every day a drawing occurs, ever day the jackpot increases, every day more and more employees see their bingo cards getting closer to becoming a winner.   That drives elevated safety awareness.

There’s a reason for using a fun game-like approach to elevate employee safety consciousness .   Employees who enjoy the effort are that much more successful in achieving great things as a team.   Bingo is a communal game.   It allows everyone to become an eventual winner.

That’s not gambling.   It’s how success in the American workplace is achieved.

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Safety Incentive Recipe: Take A Card! Earn A Card!

For those seeing Safety Pays for the first time, one of the obvious questions is, ‘Why are there two different colors of bingo cards used?’   The answer is simple:   Our blue bingo cards are used as each employee’s regular ‘Game Card’, with new blue cards distributed at the beginning of each game round.   If an employee is included in Safety Pays, he/she receives this as part of their game participation in the program.

Red bingo cards are what Safety Pays refers to as ‘Bonus Cards’.  These are additional chances to win based on some form of initiative or achievement.   It’s important the employees know the Company values not only the overall workforce’s success at mitigating losses, but that individual effort contributing to the goal of an accident-free workplace, will be commensurately rewarded.

The Safety Pays design is intended to drive group safety awareness while simultaneously harnessing those individual employees expressing unique contributions in some way.   One example is the Program’s Employee Suggestion component providing Bonus Cards whenever an employee sees something then says something.

Another is the game’s safety slogan campaign called ‘Phrase That Pays’.   Post that game round’s safety phrase next to the Safety Pays game board.  If an employee can repeat it when asked on-the-job, he or she receives a Bonus Card on the spot for use in the current game round.

There’s literally hundreds of ways Safety Pays utilizes the bingo game formula in order to invite greater employee participation to bringing greater safety to the workplace.    Different colored bingo cards are simply one of the ways Safety Pays achieves this.

 

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A Key Safety Incentive Program Requirement: Supervisor Motivation

How many successful teams first don’t start with a winning coach?   That’s one of the problems with so many safety incentive ‘games’.   They throw a bunch of game pieces together with a set of rules and think it’s an effective way to motivate the workforce.    What is so often neglected is the very people who need to further elevate safety awareness; the supervisory staff.

Because Safety Pays is an actual loss control program — one based on employee motivation — our program approach ensures the coaches are as incentivized to win the safety game as participating employees.    We offer a variety of techniques to ensure that with each positive step forward in winning the game of safety, the supervisors are receiving commensurate rewards themselves.

One of the favorite methodologies to increase individual employee contributions is to have a company’s supervisory staff hand-out bingo Bonus Cards any time they see an employee express individual initiative or achievement.  The employee receiving the card may immediately use it in the current Game Round as an additional chance to win.

What motivates the supervisor?  If they employee wins the Safety Pays game round with the Bonus Card received, both employee and supervisor receive and extra $100 reward.

There is great elegance in this strategy.   First, from a budgetary standpoint, there is no cost in handing out an extra bingo card.   The cost only occurs if that Bonus Card wins.   However, the positive recognition and reinforcement it provides has an incalculable benefit; especially when repeated over and over throughout the workplace, one week to the next.

This is just one of the many ‘inside baseball’ approaches Safety Pays provides to its customers.   We know the key to winning any game is good coaching.    But when great coaching is involved, winning becomes not a goal, but an expectation!

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Why Reward Employees For Safe Behavior?

Why Reward Employees For Safe Behavior?

There’s plenty of questions we’re used to fielding from companies interested in utilizing our motivational approach to workplace safety.  There’s the age-old question whether safety bingo is a form of gambling.  (It’s not!) Of course, those most concerned with OSHA compliance wants to know how Safety Pays ensure employee injury reporting?

But without a doubt, the first query we’re most often presented with is:  Why should I pay my employees to do something that’s already part of their job; to work safely?

In the world of business, there’s a quick answer to that question:   Because it’s more costly not to do so.

Moreover, such costs are not strictly financial.  There’s the cost of lowered productivity, higher safety risks due to increased work pressures on co-workers to cover for the injured worker, not to mention the attendant loss of positive employee morale.

At one time, the over-riding push in the American workplace was to get the job done.   Today, with our more elevated understanding of what leads to employee success, that philosophy has been broadened to include ‘getting the job done… safely’.   Workforce safety is a value-added worth paying a little extra for.

In business today, it’s a proven fact:  the associated costs of not motivating one’s employees to work safely far exceed management’s investment ensuring they do.

The question therefore is not whether safety incentives have their place as a motivational tool to promote workplace safety.    It’s a proven fact:   Without them, a workforce’s commitment to safety will not be nearly as strong.   That’s why OSHA continues to endorse the utilization of appropriate safety incentives.

The more important question now is how such safety incentives are utilized.   Effective motivational reinforcement ensures a worker feels not only recognized & rewarded, but in a way which is both entertaining and engaging over the long-term.

Approaching safety incentives in such a way pays unending dividends, often in ways a company’s management never imagined.   The workforce is a company’s safety delivery system.   Safety Pays is the energy source to drive that safety system to ever great heights…and an eventual permanent orbit of zero incidents in the workplace.

Isn’t that worth paying for?

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How Effective Safety Incentives Keep A Company’s Workforce Engaged

When Safety Pays was created in the late 1980’s, part of what made its safety incentive formula so unique was due to it being the brainchild of a former television writer.

After departing the entertainment business, he stepped into a Los Angeles based seafood distribution company that was struggling with its losses.

For the better part of a year, he pursued conventional strategies such as plant safety inspections, safety training, improved safety equipment, etc.).   However, his loss control results were rather disappointing, particular in driving down on at-fault incidents.

It was at that point that he realized he’d failed to reach his audience:  the Company’s workforce.   He then remembered the advice his former writing mentor had given him:

“The only purpose for television programming is to keep the audience’s attention between commercials.”

Naturally, that meant the writer had better leave the audience at the edge of their seats right before the commercial break.   After all, it’s the commercials that pay the bills.

He realized that was the missing link from his Company’s achieving elevated safety consciousness throughout the workplace.   He realized that he had successfully created some great commercials through the implementation of a comprehensive safety program.

The problem was that he’d failed to gain his employees full engagement and participation.   Without that crucial linkage, employee safety awareness could never be fully realized.

It therefore became his goal to find a way to motivate them.   He wanted his company’s employees to not just watch those safety program ‘commercials’, but to then become buyers of a committed safety culture; one where everyone has full participation.

Safety Pays’ innovative approach to safety incentives was the eventual result of that understanding.

LESSON LEARNED:  If you want people to pay attention, give them a reason to; and one they’ll enjoy.   As the saying goes in the seafood business, “You bait the hook to suit the fish!”   Only then can you reel ‘em in!

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The Safety Pays Challenge

Are you in the market for a safety incentive program?

If the lowest price is your guide, there are plenty of safety incentive games to choose from, many at a lower price point than Safety Pays.   However, you’ll quickly discover a ‘game’ is all you’ll be receiving.

That was the last thing on the mind of Safety Pays designer back in the late 1980’s.   What he was looking to create was a motivational safety program – integrating any number of loss control initiatives.

Yes… in order to create an entertaining approach to elevating safety awareness, a game strategy was utilized.   However, the ‘game’ dimension of Safety Pays is strictly the sizzle.

The meat of the program is how it drives a company’s safety program to ever greater success.   With a little investigation, you’ll readily see that what’s offered at our competitors’ various websites pales in comparison to what Safety Pays provides its customers.

Is there any other safety incentive offering that provides the multi-dimensional approach that can be found at safetypays.com?   Compare the video introductions our website provides in helping viewers learn more.

Does any other safety incentive platform offer the kind of regular insight provide as found here?   Review the endless list of client letters and emails that speak to the level of incident reduction success Safety Pays has provided over the years.

Moreover, our program is not a one-size fits all.   We ensure our client companies are provided the ability to customize Safety Pays to whatever their specific needs are.   Safety Pays also includes on-going upgrade ideas in order to keep the program fresh and dynamic.

On top of all that, our customer service department is constantly providing ways to expand Safety Pays to other human resource needs such as housekeeping or attendance.

We therefore urge those interested in finding the best safety incentive program to Google ‘safety incentives’, ‘safety bingo’, or ‘safety incentive programs’.     Then ask yourself one of three questions with each website you review:

  1. Does it provide the essential elements an effective set of safety incentives require? Or is it just a bunch of game pieces assembled to look like a safety incentive system?
  2. Is the safety incentive vendor nothing more than a prize house requiring you to buy its product list as rewards (usually with an accompanying 100% mark-up)?
  3. OR… is what’s offered similar to Safety Pays: an integrated system that provides both long-term effectiveness as well as full OSHA compliance?

Once you accept the Safety Pays challenge, we’re confident you’ll discover what thousands of other companies have experienced for themselves.   There’s really no comparison whatsoever to the safety inventive approach Safety Pays provides.

 

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Safety Pays Program Costs

 The cost of the Safety Pays program comes in two parts:

 

PROGRAM COST:

Single Program Price: $795
Multiple Program Price: $595 each

 

 

The cost of purchasing a Safety Pays game is a one-time charge with no annual renewals charges, licensing fees or further consulting charges.

Annual re-supply costs for various program materials such as game cards, mini-posters, etc. are projected at approximately $60-$75 each year.

The cost of the program itself includes *all required program materials as well as any and all customer service requirements to assist with installation. (*Additional bingo cards may be needed for larger employee headcounts applied to a single game system.)

Once the program has been implemented, Safety Pays continues to provide unlimited service support via its toll-free customer help-line.  Our website provides Orientation Videos, periodic Tips & Suggestions, as well as upgrade ideas – all free-of-charge.

 

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