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No reward for safety

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Do you give rewards for safety performance?

  • No, 62%
  • Yes, 38%

I am a strong believer in not having rewards for safety performance. Most people want to be safe and simply giving them a token reward isn’t going to help them go out of their way to be more safe. Likewise, giving a large reward guarantees coverups (especially of minor issues that can lead to bigger issues). The most effective method is a combination of training, open reporting, process improvement and corrective action all based around safety.

Lance Haun is community director for, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.