The relationship between recruitment processes, familiarity, trust, perceived risk and safety.J Safety Res. 2009 Oct; 40(5):365-9.JS
INTRODUCTION AND METHOD
Participants' perceptions of the safety-related aspects of their organization's recruitment processes were examined, as were their perceptions of safety aspects associated with new recruits.
One hundred and fifty-four professional fire fighters indicated the trust they held in the safety-related aspects of their organizations' selection and pre-start training. Perceived trust in pre-start training was negatively correlated (r=-.24, p<.01) with the risk associated with new recruits, and positively correlated (r=.50, p<.01) with ratings of trust in recruits to immediately work safely. Furthermore, trust in recruits to immediately work safely was negatively correlated (r=-.21, p<.01) with crews' safety behavior toward recruits.
These results are interpreted as particularly dangerous for workers, as new recruits lack familiarity with aspects of their new workplace that cannot be addressed by either selection or pre-start training, making them a risk.
IMPACT ON INDUSTRY
Organizations should actively identify new recruits, and encourage existing team members not to immediately trust new recruits to work safely.