Several years back, Jack Stack wrote a best selling business book, The Great Game of Business. The story summarized Stack’s work with SRC Holdings after his purchase of the company from International Harvester (IH). Buying the company from IH, in partnership with the employees, Stack quickly realized that he needed to teach the coworkers how to read financial statements, understand the critical metrics of the business and turn the business into a great game. The key idea is that he needed to get the workers to think like owners.
The same principle holds true for how you can get the employees of your company thinking about driver safety. Motor vehicle accidents represent the single largest cause of workplace fatalities and much of the time, these accidents are preventable. You can get the drivers to think about safety as a game, if you can place driver safety scores in their hands. That is the only way you can truly enforce the safe driving policies you already have and get your employees changing their behavior, for your benefit, and theirs.
Technology exists that can produce a score for each worker at the end of each trip. It can produce a score based on speed, braking, acceleration and cornering. The scores can be weighted based on captured events per mile and event sensitivity. The driver can then see each trip, if they were average 70-79 out of a total score of 100, above average, above 80, or below, lower than 70. This technology can make it fun, but more importantly, it can get workers to think like an owner. Safer driving protects your business, your corporate reputation and your workers.
Companies can shift the paradigm of driver behavior, shifting the enormous expense and liability into a game that creates positive outcomes for the company and ensures workers have a higher probability of making it home to their family at the end of each day.