Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!
In order for your employees to follow the parameters of your company’s shoe program and make sure that they are up-to-date on their safety toe shoes, it is important to make sure that they know why the shoe program is being implemented, to begin with. Communicate with them about why it is so crucial that they comply. Inform your company about workplace dangers, and discuss how to identify and prevent them to create an environment of caution and an all-important culture of safety.
Lastly, educate them on what their shoe program offerings are. This could cover anything from approved styles to special corporate pricing, to whether or not they are approved for payroll deduction or subsidy and other important aspects of their new shoe program.
The Simpler, the Better
To ensure maximum participation and the highest rate of success within your company when it comes to employees following safety shoe guidelines, implement a subsidized corporate shoe program or a payroll deduction program. By implementing a simple program such as these, it is more likely that employees will have a more difficult time finding an excuse to not participate than to participate.
Ensure Maximum Style
Fact: No one wants to wear ugly safety shoes. Create a sense of unity among your staff by outfitting them in uniforms and allowing them to pick from a range of options when it comes to their safety toe footwear. When employees are required to wear uniforms to work, they feel a sense of equality amongst others due to uniforms eliminating competition, and are more apt to feel instilled with a sense of belonging and loyalty to the company. SR Max® offers an exceptional selection of over 200 styles from 14 different name brands that employees are familiar with and actually want to wear. When your associates genuinely like the shoes that they are required to wear, they are far more likely to stay compliant with your corporate shoe program.
Convey Positive Reinforcement
By choosing to give positive reinforcement for employees that choose to follow the parameters of the shoe program for your company, you are giving not only your employees a pat on the back, but you are giving yourself as the employer one as well for choosing to implement a safety shoe program. Positive reinforcement can go a long way towards ensuring that your priorities and goals for your shoe program are met. Give your employees who consistently follow the rules some recognition and rewards in response to their high level of compliance. If you incentivize your workforce with a thought-out system of rewards and bonuses, new programs such as a safety toe shoe program will always prove to integrate themselves smoothly. For employees who choose to disregard the rules and do what they want, a measure of accountability must be created. At some point, progressive discipline has to be enacted and in the long run, if no disciplinary measures are taken, the problem itself will continue.
For more information and questions regarding corporate shoe programs, please reach out to one of Saf-Gard’sTM Territory Sales Managers.