As a safety person or senior manager, what keeps you up at night? Are you concerned that your current communication efforts aren't getting you the results you want? Are you worried that you should be training your people more, spending more time with them, guiding them, coaching them, motivating them, communicating with them, encouraging them? Are you worried that someone is going to make that one decision that does not end well?Read More
The Safety Double-Down
When safety performance suffers, or complacency starts to sneak in, the typical response is to double-down on more safety. Increased attention on rules, procedures, meetings, reminders, inspections, audits. Maybe you see more generic safety posters, hear more safety shares, and sit through a video message from senior management.
It becomes pretty apparent that there is a push on for increased safety awareness.
And maybe it works … for a while. Then, life hits you: project deadlines, customer demands, production delays, weather issues, staffing problems. What is considered important (safety) gets nudged out of prime mindspace in favor of the urgent issues. And before long, you are back to dealing with the same safety performance issues you had before.
Traditional thinking has you convinced that you must double-down on safety. Except you don’t need more safety.
Instead, you need more people to buy-in to safety.Read More
Front-line supervisors who find themselves thrust into the position without a lot of tools to get started can benefit greatly from Kevin's new online course, a year in the making, Safety Communications & Coaching for Supervisors.Read More
If you have been trying to help your team buy-in to safety but are having trouble getting the result you’d like, you may be focused on the wrong thing. In this week’s post, a three-step plan to improve the level of buy-in to the safety program.Read More
One of the questions I’m asked most often is “How do we motivate employees to be enthusiastic about safety?”Read More
How many of your safety meetings are focused on benefits of safety instead of being focused on rules? Let’s look at some of the benefits of safety.Read More
If you want to get better buy-in to safety, you’re going to need to learn this one thing to make the job so much easier.Read More
What would it take for your team to perform better in all things including safety? And are you the person who can get them there?Read More
What really is your role as a supervisor, a manager or even a front-line safety person? Knowing that role and accepting it can dramatically increase your effectiveness, help to overcome complacency and build teams who care about each other.Read More