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3 Ways to Make Safety Meetings Matter

Posted by Kevin Burns

Sep 5, 2018 11:07:00 AM

Are you meeting the needs of your people in safety meetings?

How many times have you seen presenters, with 10 minutes of solid information, stretch it into a 90-minute presentation? How does that happen? Here’s how. The person organizing the safety meeting is trying to fill blocks of time instead of developing content that will make a difference to their people.

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3 Easy Steps To Improve Safety Meetings

Posted by Kevin Burns

Jun 28, 2017 9:30:00 AM

If you want to improve safety meetings, you have to improve the level of respect you have for your people first. 

Mark Cuban, television personality and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks once said, “Never take meetings unless someone is writing a check.” He might be onto something there. Safety people would make a bigger effort if they got paid for the quality of their safety meetings.

But that’s not happening anytime soon. So, for now, you will have to accept that safety meetings are notorious time killers. They usually start late, discuss too many topics, and end up running long. Poor planning combined with poor presentation skills make them difficult to endure.

If your people can’t wait to attend the next safety meeting, and are excited when it’s meeting day, then you’re doing it right. But that’s not you is it? So how about you invest a few minutes and give some consideration to some new ideas. Like a good safety meeting, it’ll be short and to the point.

Here are three easy steps that can transform your safety meetings from boring to engaging - and build respect:

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Topics: safety leadership, kevin burns, safety meeting, the perfect safety meeting, safety engagement

3 Strategies To Improve Safety Meetings

Posted by Kevin Burns

Jan 11, 2017 1:38:14 PM

If you’re going to bring employees to a safety meeting, involve them, engage them, ask them. It’s their meeting too.

“These meetings are so boring. I’d rather be working.” That’s a comment actually overheard in a safety meeting. There’s a difference between safety meetings and engaging safety meetings. Safety meetings are typically information dumps and are full of ineffective things that other people use in their safety meetings. Those meetings don’t get results either. Then there are engaging safety meetings, ones that build teamwork and motivation for safety.

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Topics: safety leadership, kevin burns, safety meeting, the perfect safety meeting, peoplework

3 Simple Ideas To Improve Safety Meetings

Posted by Kevin Burns

Apr 13, 2016 2:19:13 PM

If you want to improve safety meetings, you have to improve the level of respect you have for your people first. 

Mark Cuban, television personality and owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks once said, “Never take meetings unless someone is writing a check.” He might be onto something there. Safety people would make a bigger effort if they got paid for the quality of their safety meetings.

But that’s not happening anytime soon. So, for now, you will have to accept that safety meetings are notorious time killers. They usually start late, discuss too many topics, and end up running long. Poor planning combined with poor presentation skills make them difficult to endure.

If your people can’t wait to attend the next safety meeting, and are excited when it’s meeting day, then you’re doing it right. But that’s not you is it? So how about you invest a few minutes and give some consideration to some new ideas. Like a good safety meeting, it’ll be short and to the point.

Here are three simple ideas that can transform your safety meetings from boring to engaging - and build respect:

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Topics: safety leadership, kevin burns, safety meeting, the perfect safety meeting, safety engagement

Top 5 Safety Meeting Warning Signs

Posted by Kevin Burns

Mar 2, 2016 4:52:09 PM

Could workforce disengagement levels be a contributing factor to ineffective safety meetings?

Safety is the only department in an organization that has a legal requirement to hold meetings. No other department is legislated to meet. Meanwhile, there is no OH&S requirement to make safety meetings boring, disengaging, frustrating or ambiguous. That is done voluntarily.

Having attended hundreds of safety meetings in the last ten years or so, my anecdotal observations have noted:

  • five percent of safety meetings could be considered highly-effective and engaging
  • twenty-five percent of meetings are pointed in the right direction with some adjustment needed to make them more effective
  • seventy percent of safety meetings could be considered ineffective and in need of an overhaul

Coincidentally enough, Gallup reports 70% disengagement levels across the North American workforce. Is there a correlation? Could disengagement be a contributing factor to ineffective safety meetings?

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Topics: safety leadership, safety meeting, the perfect safety meeting, safety supervisor

How To Make Safety Meetings Lively

Posted by Kevin Burns

Apr 28, 2014 3:01:00 PM

Here are three things you can do right now to improve participation in safety meetings and make them lively.

You’ve sat at the back of the room at safety meetings, arms crossed, watching the clock on the wall, going over in your head the things you still had to do that day and waiting for the meeting to be over. You’ve even secretly hoped that no one had any questions so you could simply get out of the meeting and back to work.

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Topics: safety attitude, safety meeting, safety, safety culture, the perfect safety meeting

13 Management And Safety Contradictions

Posted by Kevin Burns

Mar 18, 2014 11:50:00 AM

Organizations say they want to build a culture of safety and then, what they do about it, is a contradiction.

I had the pleasure of speaking at a safety meeting last week that broke the mold of boring safety meetings. They organized a quarterly safety event which replaced their monthly safety meetings. According to the safety manager who organized the event, my book, The Perfect Safety Meeting, played a big part in their new attitude toward safety meetings.

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Topics: safety meeting, safety culture, safety buy-in, safety marketing, the perfect safety meeting

Shorten Safety Meeting Presentations

Posted by Kevin Burns

Jan 20, 2014 9:51:00 AM

Safety meetings are NOT about filling time. They are about ensuring that you engage your attendees in safety and help them to make better choices.

(An excerpt from my free e-book, The Perfect Safety Meeting)

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Topics: safety speaker, safety meeting, safety stand-down, safety, engagement, the perfect safety meeting

Always Be Improving In Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns

Nov 20, 2013 9:41:00 PM

When you tweak job performance in small chunks, little by little, safety performance improves.

Back in a former lifetime (20 years ago), I made my living as a radio announcer. Radio is a cut-throat game that depends on ratings. Take a tumble in the ratings and you can start looking for another job. To stay on top in the ratings requires constant monitoring, adjustment and improvement. That means weekly airchecks.

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Topics: safety meeting, safety, safety culture, safety manager, the perfect safety meeting, safety partnership

Create The Perfect Safety Meeting

Posted by Kevin Burns

Nov 14, 2013 12:01:00 PM

Safety Meeting attendees think the meetings are boring because it seems no one cares enough to put them together well.

"The Perfect Safety Meeting" webinar (based on my new book of the same name) on November 13, 2013 had over 750 registrations from safety professionals in 18 countries, 42 US states and all ten Canadian provinces. It is apparent that a lot of people working in safety management and supervision want to get a lot better at running safety meetings. On the other side, there are probably a lot more employees who are hoping that their safety people get better at safety meetings.

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Topics: safety meeting, safety buy-in, safety manager, the perfect safety meeting

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