Safety in the workplace is important for any job, but it's not commonly known that you can measure and predict how cautious your employees will be at work. With the Safety Behavior Indicator from Bryq, you'll gain a better look into whether your candidate prioritizes the safety of themselves and others while on the clock. According to Beus, an individual’s personality traits may predispose them to perform unsafely or riskily, which in turn leads to potentially harmful accidents in the office.

If you could better gauge if an employee is more reckless, careless, and impulsive before you hire them, you'll have a better understanding of the risk they bring to your office or workplace. Interestingly enough, personality traits including agreeableness and conscientiousness were found to be positively correlated with workers’ safety behavior, while extraversion and neuroticism were negatively correlated with workers’ safety behavior".

Safety Behavior is calculated from the following profile:

  • Agreeableness

  • Conscientiousness

  • Introversion

  • Emotional Stability

  • Cognitive Ability

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Safety Behavior Interview Questions: A few interview questions that will be helpful for you during your interview.

  1. Describe a time you made a mistake that led to an injury. How did you deal with it?

  2. How would you react to an unsafe process? What steps would you follow?

  3. How would you react if you see a coworker not using their personal protective equipment?

  4. How would you react if you see a coworker working in an unsafe working condition?

  5. How would you prevent a potential injury from happening?

  6. Describe your thoughts about preventing an incident. Do you believe that all incidents (injuries, near misses, first aids, etc.) can be prevented?

  7. Was there an instance from the past in which your supervisor spoke directly to you about a safety issue? If so, please describe the circumstances. Was a decision made to change anything about how you perform your work?

  8. Describe a time you had to follow specific safety protocols in your previous working experience.

  9. Was there any instance where you felt unsafe at work? If yes, what did you do to resolve the situation?

References:

  1. Exploring the Relationship between Construction Workers’ Personality Traits and Safety Behavior (Gao, Y., González, V. A., & Yiu, T. W. (2020).

  2. Beus, J. M., Dhanani, L. Y., & McCord, M. A. (2015). A meta-analysis of personality and workplace safety: Addressing unanswered questions. Journal of applied psychology, 100(2), 481.

  3. Postlethwaite, B., Robbins, S., Rickerson, J., & McKinniss, T. (2009). The moderation of conscientiousness by cognitive ability when predicting workplace safety behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(7), 711-716.

  4. Zhang, J., Li, Y., & Wu, C. (2013). The influence of individual and team cognitive ability on operators’ task and safety performance: a multilevel field study in nuclear power plants. PloS one, 8(12), e84528.

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