Safety: A Top Priority For Millennials
If you Google search any topic such as industries or workforce, you will likely see an article relating to millennials.
The generation that grew up with Thundercats and Spice Girls already represents more than a third of the American workforce. By 2025, that will grow to over three-quarters of the workforce. With a new generation becoming the majority in the workforce, new priorities, opinions and ideas will change the way we work.
A priority that has been shown to be on the mind of many millenials is looking at and valuing safety in the workplace.
With the advent and growth of the Internet and social media, millenials are now more connected than ever. With the click of a button, you can be flooded to many newsworthy disasters of history, which claimed lives due to a lack of safety. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 1911, Happy Land Social Club in 1998 and even the resent Grenfell Tower in London are all reminders of what can happen when safety regulations are not met. The point that millenials are picking up on is that these incidents could have been prevented if an effort was made.
Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs places Basic Needs first (water, food, rest) while placing Safety Needs above it. Millenials are now wondering if those two different needs can become one. Now, let’s not kid ourselves. Accidents can and will happen but working today is a lot safer then the past.
However, even with countless statistics claiming safety at work is the best it can be, there is still a fear of accidents. A report from the American Psychological Association from 2014 indicated that millennials rank personal safety as the leading cause of stress in the workplace. However, even with these fears, with regular inspections and maintenance when needed, the concerns of staff should be calmed.
With the acceptance of the Internet as a gateway to information, the world has become more connected than ever before. A new group of individuals who has always had this technology will now be taking their knowledge and ideas into the workforce. This seems to be a good thing as new ideas spark changes to policies, work capabilities and innovations that would have never been possible fifty years ago. Safety will be at the forefront of these changes and even if only one life is saved, it is worth the time and effort.