Once you have been consulting and involving your employees for a while, and given each other time to adjust to the processes you have set in place, you can start thinking about improving over time.
This section is about how to make sure your arrangements for workforce involvement are effective as possible and covers how you can keep improving by:
It also provides a review checklist to help you assess how well you have done.
Once you have been consulting and involving your employees for a while and given each other time to adjust to the processes you have set in place, you should start thinking about how to keep improving over time. Realistically, there are likely to be some things that work really well, others that could work better, and some things that need to be approached in a different way. Even when some things are working well, changes over time may mean they do not remain effective.
For effective employee engagement, you need to keep monitoring performance and reviewing progress regularly with your workforce and employee representatives. You can also explore what others in your industry or similar businesses do to find out what works and share experiences of successful measures.
If you have had success with involving your workers to tackle safety issues then consider other issues. Engagement with your workforce is a powerful way to tackle musculoskeletal problems (such as back pain), work-related stress and other health problems where psychological and social factors contribute.
Case study: SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems UK
The company had always recognised the importance of health and safety but wanted to improve overall workplace integration ownership and understanding of good health and safety practice. Without improving worker engagement this could not have happened...
Read the SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems UK case study [PDF 102KB]
Good practice - improve
Throughout this site we tell you what you need to do to involve your workforce. You'll also find good practice tips - gathered from the experience of people in other organisations - that show you how you can prepare, plan, consult and improve. Here are some good practice tips for the improvement stage.
Good Practice Tips
- Signs of success
You will be doing well if you can show...
- Seek help
If things do become challenging, seek help and assistance as soon as possible...
- Consulting employees on health and safety: A brief guide to the law INDG232(rev1)
- Involving your workforce in health and safety: Good practice for workplaces HSG263