TOTAL WORKER HEALTH TOOLKIT
Safety & Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
IMPROVING EMPLOYEE SAFETY,
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
THROUGH SUPERVISOR SUPPORT AND TEAM EFFECTIVENESS
Feb 2021: An updated version of SHIP, now available!
The SHIP toolkit provides training for supervisors and managers,
as well as their employees be on the path to improving areas within
their work teams and throughout their organization. SHIP has
been shown in research studies to:
Reduce stress and work-life conflict
Increase team communication and effectiveness
Improve employee health and safety
Enhancements in work processes and practices
Learn more on how your organization can participate in YourWorkpath Program to access the training program at no cost for up to 200 employees.
*Our toolkits are continually going through improvements and changes to provide your organization with updated and relevant content. SHIP was last reviewed and updated in August 2020.
“Employees were cautious at first, but now they are the ones asking supervisors if they can revisit the team effectiveness goals. They’re really enthusiastic.”
-Suzanne Kahn, Maintenance Director Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
Safety & Health Improvement Toolkit Components
1. GET STARTED
The Start Guide is available to help introduce SHIP to your organization. This guide provides an overview of the toolkit along with step-by-step instructions on how-to implement. The Start Guide includes:
SHIP One pager to learn more abou the toolkit
SHIP Briefing Slides help inform leadership and managers about the benefits of the program and the SHIP process
- SHIP Implementation Checklist was developed to help workplaces get started in SHIP and identify roles that can help your workplace successfully implement the toolkit.
2. ONLINE SUPERVISOR TRAINING
The Online Supervisor Training is an essential aspect of Safety, Health and Improvement Program and outlines the importance of supervisor support in improving employee health and safety.
Improving work-like balance and safety
Family Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (FSSB)
Safety Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (SSSB)
Tracking your Supportive supervisor Behaviors
Follow-up and check-ins with your team
Showing you how leadership can improve the organizational climate on work-life balance and safety and health of their employees
Providing insight on how to be supportive of employee work-life balance
Highlights how to provide supervisor support for workplace safety
Detailing the importance of team building and goal setting, as well as reducing inefficiencies for work processes
3. SUPERVISOR BEHAVIOR TRACKING
The Behavior Tracking activity is designed to improve the transfer of trained behaviors following the Online Supervisor Training. This activity involves your choice of using a: notecard, log, journal or phone app to set goals and track supportive behaviors. Choose a method that works best for your organization/team.
Daily Tracking Card
3x5 index card option
Lanyard card option
Follow-up includes group discussion in which supervisors and their teams meet to brainstorm solutions to improve work practices, communication, and the work environment.
Follow-up guide with check-in and quick tools provide additional resources to promote supportive supervisor behaviors and work life support
Ready to download the SHIP Toolkit?
Click the download button to register or sign in for your free download. We collect registrations for reporting purposes only. Your information will never be used for marketing or sold to a third-party.
Why Adopt SHIP?
National statistics report, more than
40% of workers report that their job was very or extremely stressful
25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives
Job stress was a greater concern to worker health than either financial or family problems
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics over 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries/illnesses occur annually, which cost employers $1 billion per week in workers' compensation, plus other associated costs such as:
Training replacement employees
Implementation of corrective measures
We developed SHIP to address these major organizational concerns and improve employee outcomes. Find out more about how we developed SHIP.
The SHIP toolkit was developed by Dr. Leslie Hammer PhD. Learn more about Leslie and her research at OHSU.
The Science Behind SHIP
Where did SHIP come from? Did you know that it came from a rigorously tested study? Learn the scientific story behind SHIP.
SHIP was designed to increase supervisor and peer support and decrease job strain, which plays a key role in safety compliance and improved physical and mental health. SHIP integrates a focus on both health protection and health promotion by addressing psychosocial factors that are shown to be related to safety, well-being, and organizational productivity.
The SHIP intervention study was a NIOSH-funded randomized controlled trial focusing on supervisors and their teams. SHIP aimed to increase employee support from supervisors, improve team communication, enhance team effectiveness, and reduce stress and work-family conflict.
The SHIP intervention was composed of:
One-hour training for supervisors
Behavior-tracking that reinforced the training principles
The SHIP intervention was tested in the construction industry with a sample of 528 employees. We found that the intervention was effective at reducing worker blood pressure.
The SHIP study found that the strongest effects were among work crews that needed it most; those with poorer relationships with their supervisor and those with lower team cohesion. This Total Worker Health intervention targeted the supervisor and their teams/work groups to examine effects on work-life balance. Read more in the Journal of Work & Stress.
Also, an adapted version of the SHIP toolkit was developed for the United States Forest Service called the STTEP (Supervisor Training and Team Education Program) that included the online portion of the SHP training. Results showed similar significant outcomes on employee well-being, and descriptively explored the impact of the training on supervisors and employees.
Funding for SHIP was provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH; grant: U19OH010154).
Download the latest SHIP intervention study publication.
Have questions? We're here to help.
Contact us for more information and guidance on how we can help your organization be safe, healthy and well.
Perry, M. L., El-Askari, L. M., Hammer, L. B., & Brown, N. D. (2020). Securing your Own Mask before Assisting Others: Effects of a Supervisor Training Intervention on Supervisors and Employees. Occupational Health Science, 1-27.
Hammer, L. B., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T., Pytlovany, A. C., & Richman, A. (2019). Exploration of the impact of organisational context on a workplace safety and health intervention. Work & Stress, 33(2), 192-210.
Brossoit, R. M., Crain, T. L., Leslie, J. J., Hammer, L. B., Truxillo, D. M., & Bodner, T. E. (2019). The effects of sleep on workplace cognitive failure and safety. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 24(4), 411-422.
Yaldiz, L. M., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T., & Hammer, L. B. (2018). Do resources matter for employee stress? It depends on how old you are. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 107, 182-194.
Zaniboni, S., Truxillo, D. M., Rineer, J. R., Bodner, T. E., Hammer, L. B., & Krainer, M. (2016). Relating age, decision authority, job satisfaction, and mental health: a study of construction workers. Work, Aging and Retirement, 2(4), 428-435.
Hammer, L. B., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T., Rineer, J., Pytlovany, A. C., & Richman, A. (2015). Effects of a workplace intervention targeting psychosocial risk factors on safety and health outcomes. BioMed Research International, 2015.
Bodner, T., Kraner, M., Bradford, B., Hammer, L., & Truxillo, D. (2014). Safety, health, and well-being of municipal utility and construction workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(7), 771-778.