With as much work as has been put into making workplaces safe havens for those that run them, it’s shocking that there are still so many reported issues year in and year out. Employees certainly don’t want to face medical and legal battles for something that could have been prevented, however there’s little they can do when their managers suffer from certain factors that aid in making the workplace prone for poor safety.
Managers and employees alike suffer from the incorrect belief that bad things only ever happen to other people. It’s a misguided assumption that can end up really hurting everyone. By not seriously considering the ramifications of any action at work on everyone’s potential safety, they increase the chances of accidents happening. On top of that, such an inflamed ego can cause the leader to believe that any reports of company negligence are false, resulting in a culture of intimidation where employees are told to keep their mouths shut.
How a manager leads their group is often determined by their arrogance. Those that are level-headed will take all concerns seriously, doing what they can to support a safe workplace. If employees are complaining about back problems, lumbar support pillows will be ordered. If they complain about having to move around heavy boxes, the good manager will have a load arrester installed. Those leaders that care for the company and its employees understand the real cost of workplace accidents and do what they can to keep them non-existent.
There are managers that get their positions even though they don’t really get things. They may be phenomenal with sales, but when it comes to straightforward tasks, like finances, they don’t have a clue. It’s these dense managers that will stare at employees blankly when employees come to them with safety concerns. Because the issue being brought up doesn’t directly affect their position, they can’t truly grasp the importance of offsetting the danger. Instead, they choose to ignore it in favor of jobs they personally consider to be far more important.
Finally, there are those that are simply too big to fail. They have no one there to blame them for causing the safety issue that led to a mass filing of insurance claims. There is no one around to point the finger at the manager that did nothing to prevent a clear potential hazard. Of all the managers, these are the most dangerous. Often coupled with extreme arrogance, when there is no one to force a person to take responsibility for their actions, that individual begins to lose their grip on the reality of life for employees at every station in life. If a workplace is to be truly safe, it needs leaders from top to bottom that are willing to go the extra mile to ensure safety for everyone.