Media stories continue to surface about workplace injuries at the Tesla plant. Employees comment about “unsafe” working conditions and the “push” to assemble autos at a rapid pace.
Other media stories confirm that Tesla has yet to become a profitable manufacturer and speculate when they will create positive earnings.
I have great respect for Elon Musk’s efforts to disrupt the auto industry, but Tesla Motors has a dismal workplace injury record.
Their record, reported by Compline, that was created by the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau, shows their workers comp costs are much higher than average. In other words, to use an insurance industry “measuring tool,” their Experience Modification Factor has exceeded 100% (like a “C” in school) for several years and currently is 135%. Anything above 100% is a poor rating.
Unlike other companies, one could conclude those running Tesla Motors have failed to put workplace safety first and do not place a high value on their employees.
When employees speak out publicly about safety issues there usually is a disconnect between management and staff.
Employers that have these types of issues also have a serious employee morale problem and usually experience low production levels compared to their peers.
Do you encourage your employees to point out safety issues and then respond by taking immediate steps to correct them?
How does your business safety record and employee values compare to Tesla?
Are you being proactive in your communication with your employees and have made safety a major goal and objective of your business?
It is almost silly to say, and some still do not believe it, but those employers who have low workplace injuries are more financially successful than firms with a history of injuries.
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