Recent research has shown that employees who are worried about losing their jobs show less motivation and compliance at work, and as a result they suffer more injuries. A study has been published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology which focused upon 237 workers in a plant which was downsizing. The results of the study indicated that the employees who were most concerned about losing their jobs cut safety quotas in an attempt to meet production quotas and preserve their jobs.
The results of this study suggest that job insecurity can impact safety. In addition, mere training or development of safety procedures are insufficient in ensuring that safe work practices are followed. Employees must also be motivated to follow safety protocol.