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When Quality Meets Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns

Feb 8, 2017 8:25:32 PM

When engagement is missing, so is quality, pride and, sadly, safety.

Turn on the TV and you come across fix-it experts hosting renovation or business turnaround shows. In every one of these programs are several common denominators which directly relate to a much-needed fix:

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6 Reasons Companies Will Never Achieve Safety Greatness

Posted by Kevin Burns

Feb 10, 2015 3:43:00 PM

When apathy and mediocrity run rampant, morale hovers near rock bottom - right next to safety.

Without getting into long descriptions, good workplace safety culture is the result of attitudes and personal and corporate values aligning. If apathy in the workplace exists, little care will be given to safety. When the quality of the work is “good enough,” apathy in safety exists. If employees think it's a lousy place to work, then safety will take a back seat. When apathy and mediocrity run rampant, morale hovers near rock bottom - right next to safety. When attitudes suck, good luck being a top performer - either in safety or financial performance. Hence, you have a broken safety culture.

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Topics: safety attitude, safety leadership, safety culture, safety apathy

21 Reasons Employees Are Frustrated By Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns

Jul 30, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Highly engaged employees aligned with the safety program make the company money, reduce turnover and lower incident rates.

Safety is fast becoming the best tool to recruit, hire and retain good people. Simply put, when yours is the best and safest place to work, you will attract and retain the best employees. But if your employees identify with even a few points on the list below, you will have some work to do in finding good people and, more importantly, hanging on to the good ones you have.

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Topics: safety promotion, safety meeting, safety culture, safety buy-in, safety apathy

How To Increase Accountability In Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns

Jul 21, 2014 10:07:00 PM

It is impossible to create accountability in safety without getting every employee to make it a part of their job.

Safety managers and front-line supervisors want employees to be more active and vocal about safety. They want employees to be more engaged in the decisions that the employees make and the results they get. They want more active participation in reporting, in actively talking about safety and a much higher involvement in being vocal at safety meetings.

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Topics: safety leadership, safety culture, safety manager, safety compliance, safety apathy, safety accountability

Drive-By Safety Meetings Must Stop

Posted by Kevin Burns

Apr 9, 2014 8:28:00 AM

Are you asking your safety meeting attendees to be participants or spectators?

Drive-by safety meetings are a waste of time and energy and should be considered an insult by meeting attendees. Those who have been forced to sit through drive-by safety meetings dread them and will find an excuse to get out of attending them. Those who bother to show up are likely the ones who couldn't find an excuse. But when they get there, they are not planning on remembering anything, writing anything down or being held to any sort of accountability standard to be able to recall the information later. In other words, meeting attendees are simply driving by.

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Topics: safety attitude, safety meeting, safety stand-down, safety, safety apathy

Declare War On Safety Apathy

Posted by Kevin Burns

Sep 17, 2013 5:47:00 PM

When you don’t ask your people to do anything with the information you are giving them, you are creating the same safety apathy you say you want to overcome.

Are you asking your safety meeting attendees to be participants or spectators? Just because the bodies show up at the safety meeting doesn’t mean that their minds do. They might look like they’re paying attention, but you really can’t tell. It must be OK. You’re not asking them to do anything except sit there.

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Topics: safety meeting, safety buy-in, best safety speaker calgary alberta, safety apathy

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