It’s EHS week! What does that mean? It’s a chance for members of the college community to learn about environmental health and safety, highlight our accomplishments in this area, celebrate our successes, and get excited about what our future holds. The Environmental Health & Safety department hopes to spread awareness on environmental health and safety issues by hosting informational booths each day during EHS week.
So here are some of the ways to make your week successful
Communication is Key
Open communication between managers and employees is essential for a successful EHS week. Managers should provide clear expectations and employees should be willing to ask questions if they do not understand.
Set Reasonable Goals
EHS week can be hectic, so it is important to set realistic goals. Focusing on too many tasks will likely lead to disappointment and frustration. Breaking down goals into smaller, more manageable tasks will help ensure success.
A well-organized work area is key for a successful EHS week. This means keeping tools and supplies within reach, organizing paperwork, and setting up a system for tracking tasks.
It is important to take breaks during EHS week. This allows employees to recharge their batteries and avoid burnout. Breaks can include taking a walk outside, eating lunch, or simply stepping away from the desk for a few minutes.
EHS week is a busy time, but it is important to stay focused on the task at hand. distractions can lead to mistakes and missed deadlines. Avoiding distractions such as email, social media, and phone calls can help workers stay on track.
Once tasks are completed, it is important to celebrate successes. This could mean taking a break for ice cream or cake, going out for lunch, or simply patting oneself on the back for a job well done.
Recognize and Reward Achievements
If an employee went above and beyond to achieve a goal, it is important to recognize and reward that effort. EHS week can be stressful; rewarding employees for their efforts will help motivate them to continue working hard.
Honor Workers with Accommodations
EHS week can be hectic, so it may not be possible to make changes such as accommodating workers whose religious practices conflict with the assigned tasks. However, employers should keep this in mind before assigning tasks during subsequent EHS weeks to ensure all workers are treated fairly.
Be Flexible and Adaptable to New Scenarios
EHS week is a time where all employees will be occupied with assigned tasks. However, if new hazards arise during this time, employers should be flexible and adaptable to the situation. Employers should also take additional precautions such as documenting the hazard and immediately reporting it.
Celebrate EHS Week Successes
Once the week is over, take some time to celebrate successes before returning to regular duties. This can mean taking a moment for appreciation or simply taking advantage of EHS week productivity by getting ahead on current projects/assignments.
Improve for Next Year (If Applicable)
If experiences during EHS week indicate the goals were unrealistic, goals should be revised for next year. It is also important to consider feedback from workers and brainstorm ways to improve EHS week.
Don’t Burn Out
It is important to pace oneself during EHS week. Doing too much of a good thing can lead to burnout, which will negatively affect morale and motivation moving forward. Employers should step back, take breaks when needed, work with employees on pacing themselves throughout the week, and avoid being so hard on themselves that they forget to have fun.
EHS week can be a busy and hectic time, but by following a few simple tips, it can be a successful and productive time as well. Managers should set clear expectations for employees and stay organized in order to make the most of the week. Employees should be willing to ask questions if they do not understand instructions. It is also important to take breaks during EHS week in order to avoid burnout. Finally, employers should recognize and reward achievements to motivate employees to continue working hard.