How Incentive Schemes Can Impact Health and Safety
Using Incentive Schemes to Motivate Employees
Incentive schemes are used by many managers and executives as motivators for their staff or team members to reach certain objectives. The incentive can act as a catalyst for increased effort and determination to achieve the stated goals that will result in the awarding of the bonus. These incentives can often be utilised in conjunction with business coaching in order to increase motivation and get the best out of the company's workers.
Incentive Schemes Can Have Health and Safety Implications
However incentive schemes which are intended to increase production and output can not only have an adverse effect on the quality of the finished articles, but it can also have a detrimental impact upon health and safety in the workplace. This is down to the fact that as workers will be paid more if they produce more, they are likely to rush the job and will be much more inclined to circumvent existing health and safety regulations and control procedures which have been put in place to prevent an accident or injury to them. Likely examples include not stopping to put on protective clothing, failing to comply with instructions on safety permits, and trying to fix or perform maintenance on machinery or equipment themselves when they should stop and wait for a qualified engineer to work on it.
Don't Ignore Health and Safety in the Workplace
It is imperative that whilst managers have a desire to increase production, they still do not allow workers to ignore health and safety rules that are there to prevent accidents. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines which will more than offset any financial gain made by the increase in output, and may even threaten the future existence of the company.