For good reason, practically every endeavor in life is rated. I've seen ratings on who or what's #1 in business, industry, NFL, NBA, MLB, person of the century, athlete of the century, technology, restaurant, university, neighborhood, travel destination, best looking, best movie, best book, etc. It doesn't stop. In fact, there are multiple ratings for the same #1 spot because of varying value systems. Of course, each of us has our independent rating to see if it's in agreement with the masses, the experts, or promotional efforts.

Here's a rating I haven't seen: What is the safety and health rating of your business and family? To take it further, how do your business and family rate in respect to others for improvement? It could be separated by many categories. The point is, with high safety and health levels, all good endeavors are made possible. Therefore, safety and health needs to be rated.

I know several employees who have taken drastic measures (like resigning) to alleviate a personal or family problem because they weren't confident that their employer would help resolve the problem. Case One: A family member became ill and the employer and employee did not discuss work solutions during this difficult period. Possible solutions could have been talking through this situation, working from a home office, working part-time, taking extended time off, or taking a leave of absence. Case Two: An employee became ill because for years he received special recognition but was not promoted. There seemed to be no process in place to steer his career and ensure success. Case Three: A newlywed's husband went out West for a one-year job assignment and she wanted to go with him. The employee was able to talk with her employer and work for a year while living with her husband. The employer provided all the essentials for her to do her job remotely. In two of the cases, a health problem precluded an employer and employee from considering options because of perceived ideal employer and employee relationship. An employer and employee lost a good working relationship. In Case Three, the employee is still working for the employer years later. If there were a safety and health rating, all three cases could have been an opportunity to develop loyalty and show that the employer cares.

What's the level of your safety and health (individual, corporation, association, organization, etc.)? Consider these metrics. Use a 0-10 (best) or 0-100% (best) rating for each:

• Are you getting along with others to develop/grow relationships and do more
• Are you having fun?
• Do you know the medical health of each individual in your business and family?
• Are you promoting employees?
• Are you generating genuine enthusiasm for each employee?
• Do employees and customers show enthusiasm?
• Do employees know the health of each other at work to give support?
• Are you positioning (encouraging, training/educating) colleagues and customers
for more success?

If your score does not equal 10 or 100%, there is need for improvement. Diversify (try something new) to stimulate employees to perform at a New Best Level™ and keep going to another New Best Level™. You might live forever with family and friends, do good work, pursue new interests, and help someone achieve similar success. Validate the usefulness of this rating in your business and family.

Author's Bio: 

Raj Gavurla works with organizations that want more productivity and profitability by improving their mindset, mood, and motivation. He is the author of Winning at Entrepreneurship. Contact him at 404.918.7366, or visit Copyright 2003 LiiiVEN™. All rights reserved.