Safety and Its Effect on Workplace Culture


Workplace culture matters. Some of this simply forms organically over time by the interactions of the people who work there, but much of it is guided by the goals, values, and beliefs set out by the company. At Unity Power Services, we don’t leave this up to chance. We live and are directed by principles. One of those guiding principles is Safety. Safety is paramount on any project no matter the size. We will never choose profits over life or property safety.


How does Safety Impact our Work Culture?

Unity Power Services takes every precaution to protect our dedicated technicians. The team brings in over 35 combined years of experience and are fully-certified with OSHA, MSHA, and are accredited in First-Aid. Unity Power Services holds weekly Safety Toolbox talks which entail upcoming project notes and any weather or similar conditions that need to be considered. We also have quarterly All Hands meetings where we have open dialogue about issues, and dig deeper into methods and means of safe work. At these meetings we take time to celebrate safety and highlight employee accomplishments.


This continual training brings a sense of accountability and pride, but it also has direct financial impact for the business. By putting our company’s safety first Unity Power is able to acquire a lower Experience Modification Rate. The lower insurance rates then lead to more profits available for expanding, investing and bonuses. A win for all!


The Benefits of a Positive Work Culture

When we provide ongoing training for technical operations and job site safety it is then complemented with mentorship and career growth opportunities for personal development.

Through this personal and company investment it then delivers a workplace where every worker is valued and boosts team morale.


The employee-first culture gives us the ability to attract new workers who share our vision. By putting together a hand-picked team of the best in the field – combined with core values and a servant leadership philosophy – Unity has been able to grow long-lasting relationships with clients and become integral members of the community.


How to Sustain a Workplace Safety Culture

Building a workplace culture forged in safety is not an overnight task. It is slowly built up by the established beliefs and values that are set out by the company. Keys to this process include:


  • Have a clearly outlined safety procedure. Having the plan properly documented will eliminate any confusion and provide clear expectations.

  • The ideal behavior and tone starts with leadership. Leading by example is critical but must not only be hierarchical.

  • There needs to be two-way communication and training with all employees on all levels to make evident that everyone has an equal role in the process of having a healthy workplace safety culture.

  • Understanding and being committed to the process. One way to help improve safety is by implementing innovative processes such as having color-coded PPE on site.

  • Track the process and make it measurable. By recording safety in the workplace this allows us to find shortfalls and make improvements. This can be done by measuring items such as lost time to injury and fail/pass rates on safety tests.

  • And finally, celebrate safety! Putting in the time and effort means highlighting and celebrating the success stories.


At Unity Power Services, unity is not just a name - it’s a principal belief. We are stronger than the sum of our parts. Our team works together to serve each other and clients selflessly and professionally to deliver quality, highly responsive service in every situation. Whether it’s trusting us to come into your home, design or build services for your commercial business, or your mission-critical environment, our team is ready to deliver.

To learn more about how Unity Power Services can serve you, call 571-577-0688 or reach out through our contact form.

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