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How to gain commitment

Commitment from all sides is vital for employee involvement to be effective and successful in improving health and safety. This means that you, your employees, and trade unions where they are recognised, all need to be working together.

Get commitment from the business

If you are in charge of a business, or responsible for managing health and safety, you might need to convince others in management to commit. Leadership and commitment from management is important in making involvement successful. Apart from your legal duty to consult, you can demonstrate why this is something you should be doing by building a case in a number of ways.

Get commitment from your employees

Employees are more likely to engage and believe in consultation when senior managers show personal and long-term commitment, and listen to the views of employees because they want to hear what the workforce has to say.

Your employees are more likely to communicate with you if:

Developing commitment

As you demonstrate your commitment to workforce involvement in health and safety, it will develop your workforce's commitment. This helps to build the trust, co-operation and communication you need to make it work.

Good practice

Case study: Overcoming challenges

A truck manufacturer in the North-East wanted to capitalise on the knowledge of their workers in managing noise and vibration issues but knew they would have to rise to the challenge if they were to reap the benefits...