3 Most Effective Ways to Keep Your Job as a Health & Safety Professional

3 Most Effective Ways to Keep Your Job as a Health & Safety Professional

23rd January 2020

Business is ever-changing and it has turned the job security beliefs upside down. And jobs in the health and safety sector are not an exception. Today, there’s no guarantee that you’ll keep your job for long, at least not as long as you agreed in the contract. If you’re a health and safety professional interested in succeeding and saving your job, this text is for you.
   
1.    Embrace Good Communication
Communication is the key to almost every aspect on your workplace, including keeping your job. Without it, you’ll be expendable to your employer and ineffective to your workforce. You need to embrace employee buy-in in your program. Let them know that you value their well-being. 
To accomplish this, take time to know your workforce. Ask them about their family in general and the activities they do when not at work. This should take you hardly over a minute, but you’ll have established a good rapport with them - they’ll be willing to listen to your suggestions or criticism when you approach them to discuss workplace issues. 
Being adversarial with your workforce may only make your job harder and your workers may not comply out of spite. Direct communication shouldn’t be the only method to use to pass safety message to your employer and employees; you can also use ways like newsletters, signs, meetings, and safety reminders.   

2.    Be a Salesperson
As a safety professional, you’ll be involved in a lot of selling. You’ll have the burden of convincing a worker to change their behaviour even if they’ve been following a ‘wrong’ procedure for a while without any negative consequences. You’ll also have to show your employer why particular equipment, such as up and over stairs, or program can be good for them even if they won’t receive any revenue from it. 
You may not face many problems convincing the board when the business is booming. However, when the organisation is on marginal profit, health and safety are, unfortunately, among the first items cut from the budget for issues to do with revenue. 
So, how can you sell the idea of health and safety in your workplace? It’s simple. You need to have facts and figures to back your recommendations. Show them the average cost of medical treatment for different hazards and compare to investing in new safety equipment or programs. These costs should also include indirect costs such as lost production, hiring, retraining, and cross-training. 
Indirect costs usually account for up to 80 per cent of the total costs incurred. Provide them with some proof why you think your suggestion is better, change their perception. You need to also sell yourself as the right person for the job. Show results and do the job well and you’ll have no trouble keeping the job.    

3.    Embrace Competencies, Not Job Knowledge
Not so long ago, people believed the professional performance of an individual depended on what they do and how much they know. A theory referred to as job knowledge and management by objectives. However, measurement by competencies has become a go-to technique to access and describe the performance of different individuals. 
Competencies basically involve the areas that either make you effective or fail in your workplace. These include adaptability, innovation, communication skills, resilience, leadership, customer orientation, results orientation, planning, familiarity with job knowledge, and integrity. 
Job knowledge is just a factor of the competencies required. You need to be proficient in all competencies to be a valuable contributor to the company.