Workplace safety training is more than a matter of regulations and compliance. Professionals in field service, construction and manufacturing cannot risk missing out on the knowledge that helps them identify and respond to unsafe working conditions.
"More than 6 million jobs are currently unfilled in the U.S."
Site supervisors, however, have long struggled with providing comprehensive training modules that serve trainees effectively. Here are a few signs that your current workplace safety training is lagging behind:
Inability to attract or engage millennial workers
It's no secret that many businesses, including those in the industrial sector, haven't had a lot of luck hiring millennials or retaining those they manage to bring aboard. A 2016 Gallup poll found that 1 millennial in 5 changed jobs within a year of taking the survey, a significantly higher rate of turnover compared to non-millennials.
Beyond that, the skills gap currently plaguing the American workforce also plays into the picture. According to the most recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey conducted by the Department of Labor, more than 6 million jobs are currently unfilled across the country, with manufacturing and construction among the most desperate for talent.
What does all this have to do with safety training? For applicants and new workers to take on open roles and ascend to the level of professionals, they require incentive. The right safety training program can serve as a powerful hiring and workforce retention tool if attendees see the value in undergoing it.
Conflicts between learning styles
There isn't one way to learn but many, and safety training supervisors who learn that lesson now will reap the reward, provided they can incorporate those principles into how they teach workers.
In a recent survey of safety professionals by Safety+Health Magazine, many respondents cited particular trouble developing training styles that suited workers of different ages and experience levels. Seasoned and fledgling employees have different expectations and reservations going into a training session. Supervisors must respect everyone, maintain balance and ensure understanding to truly strengthen workplace safety.
Any supervisor struggling to meet the training demands of a diverse workforce should consider a blended learning approach. Blended learning combines hands-on training exercises with online safety training software, including videos and a mobile-friendly learning experience, to deliver valuable information and reinforce best practices outside the classroom.
As your workforce evolves - and it never stops evolving - your business must adapt how it manages safety and trains its workers. For a look at what IndustrySafe safety management and training software can do to help you keep up with the times, request a free demo.