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 feedyard sector?

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

Metric

Are feedyard employees trained and is an employee safety program implemented at the feedyard?

Why did we choose this metric?

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

Desired Outcome

Feedyards that have, and actively support, employee safety programs (including employee training) have positive effects related to employee safety and well-being sustainability outcomes. The positive effects include:

  • Improved employee safety performance
  • Increased employee retention
  • Increased employee productivity
  • Reduced 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 feedyards 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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