protects workers from injury and illness, reduces absenteeism and turnover, increases productivity, and raises employee morale
The Safety & Health Improvement Program (SHIP) is designed to help organizations promote employee health, safety, and work-life balance by increasing supervisor support and team effectiveness.
Designed for managers and supervisors, this evidence-based training teaches participants how to improve work-life and safety support behaviors. The program includes a helpful start guide, one-hour online training course for managers, followed by behavior tracking and a follow-up guide.
“Employees were cautious at first, but now they are the ones asking supervisors if they can revisit the team effectiveness goals. They’re really enthusiastic.”
-Suzanne Kahn, Maintenance Director Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Improving employee safety, health, and well-being through supervisor support and team effectiveness.
The Safety & Health Improvement Program for supervisors and managers has been empirically tested and shown to:
Reduce stress and work-life conflict.
Increase team communication and effectiveness.
Improve employee health and safety.
Enhanced work processes and practices.
To learn more or discuss the program with others, we have provided the following downloadable resources
Steps in the program
There are four steps in the Safety & Health Improvement Program. Each step provides the documentation or link for easy access.
1. Get StartedThe Safety & Health Improvement Program begins with a Start Guide. This guide helps introduce the program to your organization and provides step-by-step instructions on implementation. DOWNLOAD THE START GUIDE
2. Online Supervisor TrainingThe next step is the online supervisor training, an essential aspect of the program. ACCESS ONLINE TRAINING (60 min)
3. Supervisor Behavior TrackingOnce the online supervisor training is completed, the supervisor behavior tracking is designed to help reinforce learned behaviors. Behavior tracking takes a few minutes a day and lasts for two weeks. Not only does this reinforce what is learned in the online training, it also helps track supportive supervisor patterns towards employees. The Behavior Tracking Guide provides instructions and examples for tracking behaviors. Tracking can be done using the format found in the tracking guide. Alternatively, notecards, logs, journaling, or a behavior training phone app can be used for tracking. It is up to you and your organization to choose the method that works best for you. DOWNLOAD BEHAVIOR TRACKING GUIDE
4. Follow UpThe final step is a group discussion where supervisors and their teams meet to brainstorm solutions to improve work practices, communication, and the work environment. This is an essential aspect of the program to ensure practices are embedded into everyday work. DOWNLOAD THE FOLLOW UP GUIDE
The Evidence Behind the Training
Hammer, L. B., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T., Pytlovany, A. C., & Richman, A. (2019). Exploration of the impact of organisational context on a workplace safety and health intervention. Work & Stress, 33(2), 192-210. https://doi.org/10.1080/02678373.2018.1496159
HOME IS WHERE THE MIND IS: FAMILY INTERFERENCE WITH WORK AND SAFETY PERFORMANCE IN TWO HIGH RISK INDUSTRIES
Johnson, R. C., Eatough, E. M., Chang, C.-H., Hammer, L. B., & Truxillo, D. M. (2019). Home is where the mind is: Family interference with work and safety performance in two high risk industries. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110, 117-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2018.10.012
THE EFFECTS OF SLEEP ON WORKPLACE COGNITIVE FAILURE AND SAFETY
Brossoit, R. M., Crain, T. L., Leslie, J. J., Hammer, L. B., Truxillo, D. M., & Bodner, T. E. (2019). The effects of sleep on workplace cognitive failure and safety. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 24, 411-422. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ocp0000139
DO RESOURCES MATTER FOR EMPLOYEE STRESS? IT DEPENDS HOW OLD YOU ARE
Yaldiz, L. M., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T., & Hammer, L. B. (2018). Do resources matter for employee stress? It depends on how old you are. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 107, 182-194. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2018.04.005
THE MODERATING EFFECTS OF PERCEIVED ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ORGANIZATIONAL JUSTICE AND OBJECTIVE MEASURES OF CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Rineer, J. R., Truxillo, D.M., Bodner, T., Hammer, L.B., & Krainer, M. (2017). The Moderating Effects of Perceived Organizational Support on the Relationship between Organizational Justice and Objective Measures of Cardiovascular Health. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 26:3, 399-410, DOI: 10.1080/1359432X.2016.1277207.
RELATING AGE, DECISION AUTHORITY, JOB SATISFACTION, AND MENTAL HEALTH: A STUDY OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
Zaniboni, S., Truxillo, D. M., Rineer, J. R., Bodner, T. E., Hammer, L. B., & Krainer, M. (2016). Relating age, decision authority, job satisfaction, and mental health: A study of construction workers. Work, Aging and Retirement, 2, 428-435.
EFFECTS OF A WORKPLACE INTERVENTION TARGETING PSYCHOSOCIAL RISK FACTORS ON SAFETY AND HEALTH OUTCOMES
Hammer, L., Truxillo, D., Bodner, T., Rineer, J., Pytlovany, A., & Richman, A. (2015). Effects of a workplace intervention targeting psychosocial risk factors on safety and health outcomes: Psychosocial factors and workers health and safety. BioMed Research International, Article ID 836967, 12 pages. doi:10.1155/2015/836967.
SAFETY, HEALTH, AND WELL BEING OF MUNICIPAL UTILITY AND CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
Bodner, T., Kraner, M., Bradford, B., Hammer, L., & Truxillo, D. (2014). Safety, health, and well-being of municipal utility and construction workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(7), 771-778. DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000178