Safety awards, with or without financial incentives, have been shown to improve a fleet’s safety culture, and this is just the tip of the iceberg for safety awards. Not only do they build the culture fleets need to succeed, but they can also reduce turnover when used correctly. So, why are safety awards such a versatile and powerful program?
How Safety Awards Improve a Fleet’s Safety Culture
There are two crucial ways safety awards improve a fleet’s safety culture:
- They reward drivers for their safe behaviors
By giving public commendations to anyone who meets a certain standard of safety, fleets give drivers a chance to win recognition from their peers, which everyone appreciates.
- They signal that a fleet values safe behaviors
When executives demonstrate that safety is important to them and this belief is reflected throughout their fleet, drivers are more likely to believe safety is an essential part of their job and their personal responsibility. Awards for safe behaviors signal that safety is just as important to a fleet’s executives as it is to the drivers.
How Safety Awards Reduce Turnover
There are two crucial ways safety awards reduce a fleet’s turnover:
- Drivers respect a fleet that respects their safety
If a driver feels their fleet does not take their health and well-being seriously, they will leave for a fleet that does. In signaling to drivers that safety is a core value of their fleet, safety awards show drivers the respect they deserve.
- Improved safety culture directly reduces involuntary turnover
Fleets with a weak safety culture suffer more crashes on average than fleets with a strong safety culture. Since it’s already difficult enough to reduce voluntary turnover, programs that reduce involuntary turnover can have a large impact.
The Tool You Need to Make Safety Awards Work For You
While there are many benefits to implementing a comprehensive safety awards program, unfortunately, there’s one major downside: It can be incredibly time-consuming.
Pouring over spreadsheets, cross-referencing scorecards, and exporting data from dozens of different systems can cost thousands in man-hours alone. The good news is that there’s a better way to do it.
With the Idelic Safety Suite®, fleets can give their safest drivers the recognition they deserve in mere minutes. After consolidating all of a fleet’s driver data from all of their systems, Safety Suite can instantly generate a list of winners for any award they recognize. Turn a full day of spreadsheets and formulas into a five-minute process and deserved celebration.
If you’d like to learn more about how Safety Suite can improve your safety culture and return countless hours back to your driver managers, watch a 2-minute demo or sign up for a deep dive here.