IC Safety from Protective Insurance Company
August 2017 An exclusive publication for Protective's independent contractors
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Hire the Top 70%
Hiring new employees can be difficult, and spotting the best candidates out of a crowd isn’t as easy as it sounds. The candidates that look most appealing, such as the great self-promoter who is ready to start tomorrow, may be an attractive choice. However, those individuals are usually the bottom 30% of the applicant pool. It is important to take the time up-front to look for traits and behaviors that make for the best future employees.
Traits of the top 70% of new hires:
• Not a skilled self-promoter
• Respectful of current employer and position
• Needs to be sold on the company and rewarded for good performance
• Could be a great driver with less experience
• Longer onboarding time
Additionally, introducing a behavioral assessment tool can help with hiring decisions. Protective Insurance teams up with JOBehaviors to help ensure that you are getting the best drivers.
New Hire Injury Prevention
New employees may be unfamiliar with the details of your operation and how to stay safe while working. Remember that some hazards may be hard to recognize at first. Keep in mind these few steps to help prevent new hire injuries:
Use good hiring practices: look for the top 70%, and focus on analyzing new hire behaviors by performing assessments
Hold formal orientation and training: what’s obvious to seasoned employees may not be known by new employees. Also, give out copies of company policies and procedures
Let your commitment to a safe workplace be known: review the components of your written safety program, and tell employees how to report an injury, hazard or near miss immediately
Reward safety and coach at-risk behavior: consider implementing a reward and disciplinary program, and be sure to observe employees working to give feedback and coaching
Understand regulatory compliance: as an employer, you have a duty to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
There is a lot to keep in mind when hiring new employees. Work to keep them safe and on track by downloading our New Hire Orientation Safety Checklist to help with the new hire process.
Free Download: New Hire Orientation Safety Checklist
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