Managing Safety Risk with Employee Personality Insights

Managing Safety Risk with Employee Personality Insights

Workplace safety is a difficult and important topic. When you have a large team of employees, having a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to safety isn’t always the most effective. Every employee has different strengths and risks when it comes to safety. By understanding your employees’ unique personality risks, the Safety Quotient allows you to understand, coach and manage safety on an ongoing basis. Manage employees based on their primary traits and reduce the number of incidents in your workplace. Take a look at these personalized coaching tips.

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Safety Quotient Assessment Results


Risk: Employees who are primarily resistant tend to question rules and standard operating procedures and may be resistant to change.

Manager Tip: Communicate the reasons behind current or new rules and procedures and encourage questions.


Risk: Employees who are primarily accommodating may ‘blindly’ follow rules or procedures even when not appropriate in a given circumstance. May fail to notice when rules or procedures need to be updated.

Manager Tip: Encourage them to be more mindful when following rules and to stop and question when needed.


Risk: Employees who are primarily anxious find it difficult to think clearly and rationally under pressure.

Manager Tip: Limit their time under stress and encourage them to engage in stress-management techniques when they feel overwhelmed.


Risk: Employees who have calm as a primary trait may underestimate the urgency or seriousness of a situation.

Manager Tip: Verbally communicate the urgency and seriousness of certain tasks or situations.


Risk: Employees who are primarily impatient may find others hesitant to approach them with questions or concerns.

Manager Tip: Remind them of the impact of their reactions on others and encourage them to take breaks to “cool off” when needed.


Risk: Employees who are primarily patient may be too tolerant or lenient with others and slow to address negative behaviors.

Manager Tip: Encourage them to speak up when they see negative behavior and to address and correct unsafe actions.


Risk: Employees who are primarily distractable struggle to focus for long periods with routine or repetitive tasks, or move on to the next task without fully completing the first.

Manager Tip: Provide task variety and stimulation wherever possible, encourage them to switch tasks when they start to feel distracted and be mindful to ‘wrap up’ tasks.


Risk: Employees who have focused as a primary trait struggle with tasks that require split-focus and high variability. May be unaware and thus unresponsive to new stimuli in their environment.

Manager Tip: Provide focused and routine work whenever possible and remind them to ‘come up for air’ and recalibrate from time to time.


Risk: Employees who are primarily impulsive tend to underestimate the negative consequences and risks of their behavior and may over-estimate their abilities.

Manager Tip: Remind them to consciously think through potential risks and consequences before acting and to learn from past mistakes.


Risk: Employees who are primarily cautious may hesitate to make decisions and take action and may lack confidence in their abilities.

Manager Tip: Encourage them to rely on their skills and experience to make decisions and remind them that they can ask for advice when needed.


Risk: Employees who are primarily thrill-seeking tend to take unnecessary risks and become restless or bored with ‘mastered’ tasks.

Manager Tip: Help them to understand when risks are not tolerated and remind them that certain risks always exist regardless of comfort level.


Risk: Employees who are primarily apprehensive find it difficult to take necessary risk and tend to avoid novel or unfamiliar experiences.

Manager Tip: Avoid high-risk tasks wherever possible and help them to understand when risks or experimentation are necessary.

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