Safety first: how innovation can increase productivity and comfort

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Vincent West

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written on February 9, 2018

In certain industries, safety innovations and good equipment can lead to higher levels of output and job satisfaction.

It goes without saying that one of the major traits of a forward-thinking company is the way in which it puts new technology to good use. This is especially handy in fields that involve plenty of heavy lifting, such as manufacturing, construction, warehousing and so on.

But workplace innovation doesn’t only deal with technology. In fact, applying new and interesting techniques of employee management is just as important as providing them with all the tools necessary to make their tasks easier to complete.

The results of innovative workplaces

Research shows that implementing novelty approaches in the workplace not only improves perceived productivity levels among employees, but it’s also beneficial to their general health. This is especially important in the aforementioned fields, which are some of the most hazardous ones in the industry.

The ideal firm of the future needs to be ingenious in terms of workplace safety. This involves both material aspects, such as having modern gear and equipment, but also an increase in morale, which in turn leads to better results overall.

There are three ways that innovation is changing workers’ productivity and comfort:

1.    Better gear and equipment

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, gear and equipment failures among workers are two of the main causes of on-site injuries. It’s stipulated by law that an employer is obligated to always ensure their security, but sadly that doesn’t always happen due to lack of interest.

Still, something as simple as implementing new technologies in this area helps tremendously. For example, having the best work boots available on the market means that the particular individuals wearing them will not only be more protected, but they will also be able to withstand longer hours and experience less fatigue.

Similarly, modern models of gear and vehicles such as forklifts, cranes, trucks, and others function immensely better than their outdated companions. This lowers the risk of malfunctions occurring on site, which means the physical and psychological integrity of employees is better preserved.

2.    Higher quality work

By providing employees with the best safety and field-specific equipment possible, you will ensure that they feel secure and respected on the job, which leads to higher motivation levels. When they feel like you care about all the hard work they are putting in, they will act accordingly and deliver higher quality results.

This is especially important in construction, as well as other similar fields because it reduces delivery time tremendously and ensures that the end product is sturdier and more reliable. Most people in your firm have the potential to be valuable assets to your company, but you need to put in some effort to bring that out as well.

3.    Positive mindset

Studies have demonstrated that happy employees are 12% more productive on any given day. By providing them with conditions that are on par with the latest standards and regulations, as well as equipping them with state of the art machinery to make their job easier, you will ensure that they feel satisfied with their activity.

On top of that, a few content employees can create an atmosphere of positivity on site, which means that their co-workers will be more motivated to do their jobs right as well.

Final thoughts

Innovation in the workplace involves everything, from using the newest available technologies in your field to making sure that management approaches are updated and catered to the needs of your staff. The most important outcome to all of this is that they will feel safe, happy and respected while on the job.

Positive feedback will soon come, and so will high-quality products. Productive employees are the building blocks of a successful company, which is why you need to do your best to ensure that is the case.

Vincent West has an educational background in Engineering Design and a personal interest in all things construction and workforce related.

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