Last month I offered ten practical strategies for getting more involvement in safety-related activities. Here I review ten more strategies for fueling participation. These go beyond behaviors and involve internal thinking, beliefs, or feeling states. We begin with three guidelines derived from social learning theory: self-efficacy, response-efficacy, and outcome-expectancy. They are critical for overcoming resistance to change and encouraging active involvement.
And this is where you can often run into resistance. You can build that "can do" attitude and sell the soundness of your strategy to reduce injuries, but employees still might not participate. Why? Perhaps the consequence - reducing injuries beyond an already low rate - doesn't seem important enough to justify the extra time and inconvenience.