An economic recession is a widespread and prolonged downturn in economic activity. Economists use many factors to define when a country’s economy is in a recession, including two consecutive quarters of negative GDP, industrial production, and nonfarm payrolls.
In a recession, companies often implement budget cuts in an effort to reduce costs and maintain profitability, which can lead to a reduction in the emphasis placed on workplace safety programs.
However, workplace safety should remain a priority during difficult economic times.
Reducing investments in safety programs can lead to increased worksite injuries, resulting in lost productivity, employee absences, and lower profits in the long term. The costs of a workplace injury or illness can be substantial, and include medical expenses, lost wages, and the cost of hiring and training replacement workers.
Employers who continue to enforce safety procedures and regulations, and provide safety training, education, and occupational health programs, create a workplace environment in which employees feel safe and valued.
This can lead to increased employee loyalty, job satisfaction, and productivity. When workers feel confident that their employer is invested in their well-being, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to their work.
Even in a challenging economic climate, it’s essential for employers to prioritize workplace safety.
By doing so, companies can not only reduce the risk of worksite injuries and illnesses, but also create a culture of safety and employee well-being that can contribute to long-term success.