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A shouting supervisor is a hazard to workplace safety. Here's how to prevent it

by , 06 May 2016
A shouting supervisor is a hazard to workplace safety. Here's how to prevent itEvery employer understands the relevance in the phrase: 'Positive attitudes attract positive results'. This is because it's very applicable to the workplace, especially workplace safety.

What I mean is that the way you and your employees behave in the workplace can determine their health and safety within it.

Allow me to explain further...


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Vuyo is applying for an open supervisor position within your company. He has loads of experience and, after the interview, seems like the right person for the job.

However, his style of overseeing workers constitutes shouting at them continuously in order to get them to do what he wants.

What does this mean for health and safety in your workplace?

All of this is a recipe for disaster, with a catastrophic workplace accident just waiting to happen.

You see, by Vuyo shouting at the workers, he's making them very nervous on the job. And all that this does is decrease their overall concentration levels on the job.

What's more is that they become more uncertain of what they're doing because they're afraid their next move will ignite a fire of vocal anger.

So what can you do?

You need to get your supervisor to calm down and guide his workers in a calm and professional manner, rather than overwhelming them with dictator-like verbal aggression.

The fact of the matter is that shouting doesn't help. It creates fear which decreases concentration, which in turn will affect productivity and increase the likelihood of a workplace accident occurring. 
NOTE: Shouting in the workplace decreases motivation among employees too, which in itself is counter-productive.

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Take this quick quiz to find out if you can handle the DoL hot seat

·         Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
·         Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
·         When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
·         Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?

If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.

Don't wait until it's too late.

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