Organizational culture, while notoriously difficult to define, is a driving force in organizations. It is responsible for shaping employees’ attitudes, guiding behavior, creating a sense of identity and establishing consistency. Often, corporate culture can be more influential than a company’s written rules or regulations, so establishing one that prioritizes safety is critical to companies operating with the general contracting industry.
Contrary to popular belief, a safety-first culture is not achieved through EMR scores, OSHA numbers or financial statements. It is not built on insurance rates or successful bids; it’s built on (and built by) people. A safety-first culture helps construction field teams – those removed from the financial side of risk management – answer the question: why does safety matter to me?