Employee Safety and Well Being

Indicator Definition

The implementation of safety programs and training to provide a safe workplace and help to prevent workplace accidents and injuries associated with production, processing, and distribution of beef and the relative prosperity of workers employed in those activities.

Why is this indicator important to the livestock auction market sector?

Making an employee safety program a priority at an auction market has the dual benefit of protecting the safety and improving the well-being of those who are employed at the auction market as well as reducing stress and potential injury to cattle, thereby improving animal health and well-being.

Metric

Is an Employee Safety Program in place?

Why did we choose this metric?

Providing safety training to employees in their respective area(s) of work responsibilities can have a significant positive effect on the desired outcomes associated with employee safety and well-being.

Desired Outcome

Livestock auction markets that have and actively support employee safety programs can enhance the following employee safety and well-being sustainability outcomes:

  • Increase employee safety
  • Increase employee retention
  • Increase employee productivity
  • Reduce stress in cattle

Why do these outcomes matter?

Employee well-being can broadly be defined as providing the knowledge, skills and environment to safely perform their job responsibilities as well as the employees’ perception of their work environment. Implementing practices to support employees in their job as well as in their family life can pay off in terms of employee engagement, reducing turnover and improving productivity.

Success Criteria

Increasing the number of auction markets developing and implementing an employee safety program in the U.S.

How does this metric continuously improve beef sustainability?

Providing safety training to employees in their respective area(s) of work responsibilities can have a significant positive effect on outcome-based metrics associated with employee safety and well-being.

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