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4 Ways To Help Your Employees Take Ownership Of Their Safety Wearables

By Shridhar Kulkarni on December 10, 2020 |

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A common complaint from our customers is about how to ensure their employees want to use the safety wearable. In the era of privacy concerns and automation, employees are often skeptical of new technologies and wearables simply become one more hassle for them to circumvent.

Pushback from employees on any change in the work environment is inevitable and yet Modjoul has successfully worked with hundreds of employees who are not only happy to use the Modjoul wearable but also encourage their peers to wear it every day to be safe.

  1. Improving the logistics for wearable access

While most employers understand keeping the wearables in a dark dungeon is not the best advertisement for it, few take the more minor inconveniences of their employees seriously.

Simple solutions like keeping the queues short for the wearable pick up at the start of the shift can go a long way in keeping the employees engaged. Similarly, during Covid-19 times, having wipes and sanitizers readily available when employees try to pick their wearable device is imperative.

Apart from the in-house logistics, choose a wearable that needs minimal to no intervention from the employee when he/she wants to use it. Modjoul wearable is always popular with employees due to its extremely simple no-screen usage. Just pick it from the charging station before shift and drop it in the same station when you leave work.

  1. Don’t play ‘Gotcha!!’ with your employees

‘Helicopter Parenting’ never works and neither do ‘Helicopter Employers’. If you try to keep your employees in the spotlight by utilizing technology, they are going to be irritated and hate using it.

Worse if you claim the new wearable is for the employee safety and then point out why ‘Susan’ took a 15-minute break last Thursday after lunch. Employees are not kids, they don’t need constant monitoring and a safety wearable is not a CCTV.

Instead, a safety wearable like Modjoul needs to be used to provide insights into overall workplace safety gaps. The Modjoul support provides how a systematic improvement in the processes will do wonders rather than pinpointing problems with individual employees.

  1. It’s not a magic pill

A safety wearable is like a treadmill. We cannot expect to lose weight just because we bought it. Consistent and regular use of a safety wearable is what will yield results.

New technologies are difficult to understand at first and making sure your employees know that safety improvement is a marathon, not a sprint, is crucial to create the best safety culture.

Modjoul customers often share the safety improvement data and insights with their employees to praise them for their tenacious efforts in using the wearables.

  1. Accept that 100% approval is near impossible

Despite doing everything right, some of your employees are not going to use the wearables. Accepting this rather than fretting over the last 10% of your workforce that do not want to be safe isn’t worthwhile.

Employees are people and everyone has different motivations, even though sometimes they can be irrational. The car seatbelt safety has been a well researched and widely publicized feature and yet to this day 10% of the drivers do not lock the seatbelt in while driving.

Safety protocols take time to get adopted. Just like car seatbelt use rose from 81% to 90% in the last 15 years, wearable use at workplace while in its infancy, will continue to grow rapidly in the coming years.

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