How, when to do training
Teaching safety skills to remote workers is most effective when done one-on-one, according to Robert Pater, managing director of SSA/MoveSMART in Portland, Ore. Demonstrating techniques that prevent injuries must be done in person, rather than through a video.
There are several situations in which employers can work with their remote employees to show them safety strategies.
- In the field. Many organizations have people from headquarters occasionally visit remote workers. That can be a good time to visit with them as they are doing their jobs and showing them useable safety skills.
- During hiring and orientation.
- Training on new equipment.
If remote workers are especially resistant to safety training, Pater suggests focusing on something in their personal lives, such as sports, hobbies or their families. "If they like to fish, show them balancing techniques that will help them maintain their balance when fishing and working," he says. "Or say to them, even if you don't think this is an issue, here's a way you can keep your family members safer at home."
November 22, 2010
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