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Employee happiness could lead to less workplace risk

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RICHLAND, Wash. - A survey done by a local laboratory shows that workplace risk has a lot to do with employee emotions.

Employees at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that risk and injury has a lot to do with how happy employees are.

it's called a predictive model and it looks at satisfied workers, data from past incidents and the level of high risk hazards involved.

All these factors contribute to predicting the likelihood of accidents happening in the future.

"We understand that in order to be successful, that we need to take a look at these small indicators to get a handle on things before they become bigger," said Cindy Caldwell, Senior Technical Advisor in PNNL's Environment, Health, Safety and Security Directorate.

Small indicators that may cause a high risk include an employee feeling like nobody listens to them, or not feeling emotionally comfortable in their work environment.

The predictive model helps PNNL managers to identify those people, step in, and reduce risk by helping the worker feel valued.