Employees’ safety and wellbeing are the top priorities of every ag company. June is National Safety Month. This is the perfect time to reevaluate your program and make any necessary changes to increase the safety of your operations. There are several components that go into creating a safe working environment. It takes effective communication skills to improve productivity and increase efficiency. This is your guide to why communication is the key to safety in agriculture.
Adequate training programs and refresher courses are the foundations of solid agriculture businesses. Improperly trained employees are one of the leading causes of accidents in the agriculture industry. Not every single one of your team members is cut out to train new hires. Only choose employees who can effectively communicate the right protocols and methods. Employees who do not have proper training on carrying out tasks safely put themselves and others at risk of injury. It is well worth it to invest in a top-of-the-line, comprehensive training program.
Just like every other industry, technological advances are continuously occurring in agriculture. While this is excellent news, and they have their advantages, the transition can be a little tricky. Communication is crucial to getting the most out of new technologies, procedures, and methods. But, if employees do not know how to use their new resources, then productivity will not improve, and a staff member may get hurt trying to use a piece of technology they aren’t familiar with.
Preventing Avoidable Accidents
Simple communication can prevent reckless accidents. For instance, let’s say that a piece of equipment is malfunctioning, and you turn it off until a technician can repair it. If you do not relay this information to your employees or label the machine to alert others that it is not safe to operate, someone else may get hurt using it.
Tasks take a lot longer than they should if your employees are not communicating with one another. For example, let’s say cattle need to be sorted. However, if team members are not talking to each other about which cattle need to stay and which need to go, the job will not only be near impossible to complete correctly, the chances of someone getting hurt increases.
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Excellent communication skills are advantageous in so many ways, including improving the safety of your ag organization. There is no question that communication is the key to safety. Morris Bixby proudly specializes in agriculture recruiting. Our staffing agents have access to an extensive database and know how to find the best agricultural candidates to fit your needs. Contact us today to find your next great employee, and let us handle the rest!