Introduction

One of the key components of a successful Safety Management System (SMS) is a high degree of employee engagement. Front line employees are often an untapped resource when organizations are rolling out management systems. They often have skills outside of their day-to-day job tasks that can be successfully leveraged to implement and continuously improve the SMS. Engagement in safety gives employees the opportunity to showcase skills that they might not typically use in the workplace. Affording employees these types of opportunities can shift the safety culture to employee ownership of their workplace environment and improve overall job satisfaction. This paper will discuss some creative employee engagement strategies used by L.L. Bean, Inc. that can be transferable to other organizations who are implementing Safety Management Systems.

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