3 Must-Dos For Better Safety Meetings

Posted by Kevin Burns on Dec 13, 2017 9:30:00 AM

If safety meetings are not fun or engaging for attendees, they won’t remember what was discussed. So streamline your meetings in 2018.

Part of the overall strategy for safety communication and meetings should be a requirement to avoid mind-numbing and boring your people whenever possible. Maybe that idea a lone could be your personal mission for 2018. Look, we know it's tough especially when the subject-matter or presenters are boring. So the idea is to find ways to step outside the 'boring and predicatble" safety meeting.

Make it a plan for employees to engage and stay sharp. That means getting rid of boring statistics, figures, graphs and performance chart that you can lay your hands on at them in one meeting. Put it this way, if your safety meeting presentation includes charts and graphs, you're out of ideas. And more importantly, out of touch.

Once upon a time, you attended a boring safety meeting. But that doesn't give you license to do the same to your crews. PowerPoint is the seventh pit of hell. It's Corporate Karaoke – the word-for-word, sing-along regurgitation of every thought in a presenter’s head posted on a slide in tiny font type. Your people disengage from the safety meeting the moment you put up a slide with seven lines of type with some boring blue background.

You've got to make safety engaging. If it’s not fun or engaging for attendees, they won’t remember it. When people engage, they remember. That's a key learning nugget for you to take into the New Year and to help you plan better safety meetings. 

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3 Areas to Make the Shift from Safety Process to People

Posted by Kevin Burns on Jul 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Safety people and supervisors who lack a healthy dose of willingness to engage crew members on a human level will limit both themselves and their crews.

Safety people and supervisors who lack a healthy dose of willingness to engage crew members on a human level will limit both themselves and their crews. It doesn’t happen on purpose, but it happens. The inexperienced supervisor who doesn’t know how to motivate and develop individuals on the job, ultimately has a harder time getting the job done. If there is no strategy to continuously improve employees, there’s little chance of improving the organization as a whole, and that includes safety.

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6 Places To Start Fixing Safety Engagement

Posted by Kevin Burns on Oct 7, 2015 11:57:59 AM

Safety managers, engagement just became your department!

Engagement is the biggest problem in the workplace today. The surveys tell us that 70% of employees are NOT fully engaged. And it's not just Gen Y - they only account for 34% of the workforce forcing you to explain the other 36% to make it add up to 70. Stop kidding yourself. The problem is not just young workers.


You would think ...

You would think that a 70% level of disengagement, a serious drop in focused-attention productivity, would be cause for grave concern for companies. After all, lost productivity creates a huge financial mess forcing companies to continue to pay more and get less. You'd think that there would be a hue-and-cry from Corporate North America to find solutions intended to curb this very real problem that is plaguing our workplaces and costing us money.

But there isn't.

It's apparently still not painful enough. If it were painful enough, companies would be doing something about it. But they're still not getting it and here's why: because it an "employee" engagement problem (terribly named as though it's all the employees' fault).

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Shorten Safety Meeting Presentations

Posted by Kevin Burns on 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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3 Ways To Start Fixing Workplace Apathy In Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on Jul 31, 2013 4:09:00 PM

The rate of 71% of North American workers that are not actively engaged in their work should be a wake-up call to every supervisor and safety person.

Turn on the specialty TV channels like The Food Network and Home and Garden TV and you will see a steady parade of experts hosting renovation or restaurant-turnaround fix-it shows. In every one of these programs are several common denominators:

  • people who don’t care about much
  • people who are apathetic and don’t buy-in to their job
  • people who have lost their passion for the work they do and are simply going through the motions
  • people who don’t take pride in their work and think “good enough” is good enough.
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How To Create Incredible Employee Focus In Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on Jul 24, 2013 10:36:00 AM

How do you get employees to find their focus in safety when some show up at work in the morning barely a degree or two above comatose?

It started on a conference call with my client's Safety Day organizing committee. They had chosen me to be the closing keynote safety speaker for a series of safety meetings. We spent a considerable amount of time preparing for the event, reviewing and discussing the pages of responses to my pre-event questionnaire. It was during the discussions that one of the committee members made an off-handed comment that may just prove to be a great tool to get employees to buy-in to safety.

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What Guitar Store Employees Can Teach About Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on Jul 15, 2013 1:02:00 PM

To attract the people who already buy-in to safety as a personal value, you need to study the example of how guitar-stores hire employees.

You don't find personal values on a résumé. The résumé is a lousy tool for finding engaged workers with a set of personal values that buy-in to safety. A résumé doesn't give you that information. It only tells others what a worker was allowed to do in their last job - not what they were good at, not what they stand for and certainly not what makes their bum hum (excites them and drives high motivation).

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Stop Scare-Tactics - Focus On Building Safety Partnerships

Posted by Kevin Burns on Jun 19, 2013 2:48:00 PM

Make safety buy-in about what your employees can gain, not what they have to lose.

We don't buy-in to a financial plan because of what we might lose. We don't buy-in to a healthy lifestyle because of what we might lose. We don't buy-in to personal development because of what we might lose. We don't buy-in to going to university because of what we might lose. But safety is focused on reminding workers of what they might lose if they don't comply - instead of showing people how safety buy-in makes life better.

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3 Strategies For Better Safety Meetings

Posted by Kevin Burns on Apr 29, 2013 11:35:00 AM

If safety meetings are not fun or engaging for attendees, they won’t remember it.

Part of the overall strategy for safety communication and meetings should be a requirement to avoid mind-numbing and boring your people whenever possible. But that's tough when the subject-matter and even worse, the presenters, are boring.

You make it so much more difficult for employees to engage and stay sharp if you insist on throwing every boring statistic, figure, graph and performance chart that you can lay your hands on at them in one meeting - and expecting any level of recall.

Boring presenters are not born - they are made by the example of those boring presenters who they've observed. Over time, bad meetings evolve into something worse by exposure to mind-numbing safety meetings featuring a parade of PowerPoint armed, personality-deficient robots.

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3-Part Plan To Hire Better Safety Performers

Posted by Kevin Burns on Apr 3, 2013 10:22:00 AM