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Care vs Compliance: Making Them Care About Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on May 19, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Everybody cares about something. And they do care about it … in their own way. The challenge in getting your people to care about safety lies largely with how they understand and interpret the word safety.

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3 Strategies to Better Safety Engagement

Posted by Kevin Burns on Apr 21, 2021 2:00:00 PM

Disengagement rates in the workplace are too high. In North America, Gallup says that 65% of North American workers are not actively engaged in their work. And that is going to spell trouble for safety.

You’ve been trying to get your employees to focus on safety and your efforts have not been effective. Here’s why.

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5 Questions to A Foundational Safety Message

Posted by Kevin Burns on Apr 8, 2021 11:15:00 AM

I ran across another book recently that, on the back cover, suggested that the point of safety was to send people home in the same condition as when they arrived. I shuddered.

Someone muttered that awful send them home safe phrase once and someone else must have thought it was clever. So, they borrowed it and then repeated it to someone else. And that someone must have picked it up and run with it until they had the chance to say it again. Now it's everywhere. And it means nothing.

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Employees Are Unclear on Safety Goals

Posted by Kevin Burns on Mar 24, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Before you assume that your team is slipping into safety complacency, you need to determine whether complacency is really the problem. It may not be.

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Why Safety Messaging Matters

Posted by Kevin Burns on Mar 11, 2021 1:15:00 PM

When employees actively support and participate in safety, they have accepted safety as their way to work. Without the employees’ willingness to support and participate in the safety program, the company's default position becomes things like rules-enforcement. When a workplace is centered around enforcing rules, people become more reluctant to go to work. Morale suffers and you lose your good people.

You’ve probably been frustrated in getting buy-in from your front-line employees. Maybe you’ve gathered your team in a room for a safety event or stand-down. You showed them “safety” videos (I use quotation marks because I’ll bet most of those videos focused on injury, not safety). You instructed them in things like ladder use, handwashing, or lock-out tag-outs.

As much as you think it went well during the stand-down, it didn’t stick. That’s because your stand-down safety event didn’t actually get buy-in.

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Focus on The Safety of Your Crew

Posted by Kevin Burns on Feb 10, 2021 12:15:00 PM

In a supervisory coaching session this week, one of the participants remarked about the cold February temperatures rolling across their region of the country. By the end of the conversation, he suggested that they simply bundle up and go out to do their work. And they take warm-up breaks more often.

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Are Expectations More Effective Than Safety Rules?

Posted by Kevin Burns on Feb 3, 2021 12:15:00 PM

Employers, managers and supervisors who do not set clear expectations for their teams are already at a disadvantage. Without a set of clear expectations, you can expect your people to fumble around trying to figure out what’s important to their employers. When people are fumbling to figure out what is important, safety is going to falter.

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Leadership Skills Are Needed to Improve Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on Jan 27, 2021 11:45:00 AM

Why is it that one company can struggle with safety performance while another company, in the same industry, easily excels at safety performance? The answer is in what happens on the ground – with front-line supervisory.

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3 Strategies for A More Effective Safety Program

Posted by Kevin Burns on Jan 13, 2021 1:15:00 PM

When good employees take pride in their work, they protect that pride by engaging in 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.

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What Is Safety Buy-in? And Why It’s Important.

Posted by Kevin Burns on Dec 2, 2020 1:56:06 PM

In safety, there are no trade secrets. That’s because the rules are the same in each industry. No one company gets an advantage over another because of safety regulations. No company is handed a better, less restrictive set of rules to operate by. The playing field is level. The rules are the same across each industry.

So why do some companies find it so easy to get their employees to follow safety protocols and other companies struggle? Why are some supervisors able to more easily rally their crews around safety and other supervisors can’t seem to get their people to even wear their safety glasses?

The answer is buy-in.

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