Last night I visited a manufacturing plant with a reserved parking spot for “safety employee of the month.” I asked a plant employees about that benefit, and learned this. The safety parking spot is for an employee who performs a “safety act.” (Sorry, that’s the best phrase I can think of.) This act is more than wiping up a wet spot. To earn that parking space, the employee needs to identify a problem, document and implement the solution, and communicate the information to the appropriate office.
The more I think about this, the more genius I see in the program. It creates a culture where following procedures is encouraged, where communication is strengthened, and gives employees an incentive to…