Culture Cannot Exist without the People

When someone says safety culture, what comes to mind? Methods? Systems? Behaviors? People? Standardization? I was recently at a conference with some peers and a great discussion started about global, organizational culture. I do have to note, I loved the way they talked about their company culture, not just safety culture. Safety was conveyed asContinue reading “Culture Cannot Exist without the People”

Communication is about the who

My own arrogance gets in the way of my objectives much more than I would like to admit. This post will take some time to explain. But if you make the journey with me, I promise that I will make a point 🙂 Throughout my career and life, a common theme continues to emerge. Yet,Continue reading “Communication is about the who”

Preventing and Overcoming Burnout

Have you ever been in a work position where only absolute perfection was accepted? Yeah, I have been too in both a safety role and in other positions.    This is both the requirement for success, the punishment for failure, and the fast track to burnout.  As people, we can only handle this type ofContinue reading “Preventing and Overcoming Burnout”

Making Success the Focus

Success and failure seem like such simple ideas, but the way that we engage those two terms as safety people and as leaders make a big difference in the way our organization functions. The views in which the leaders take toward success and failure drastically shape the landscape in which we operate. It is aContinue reading “Making Success the Focus”

Success vs Failure and a Method of Reflection

When it comes to internal motivation for a professional, I feel that safety has some unique aspects. The discussion last month was about Success vs Failure. I had a lot more questions than answers. When it comes to working in the safety industry our customers are varied and sometimes have very different ideas of whatContinue reading “Success vs Failure and a Method of Reflection”

When I say safety culture, what comes to mind?

When you think of your organization approach to safety, what picture comes to mind? As a safety professional or someone who is committed to safety, take your personal opinions away. Take the 50,000 foot view of the culture. If your safety climate had a mascot what would it be? What would it look like? WasContinue reading “When I say safety culture, what comes to mind?”

One Simple Improvement for Safety Training

Mind blowing idea: Not all training is created equal   You probably already knew that, though.   Imagine a simple idea that would lead to better employee engagement, improved training, and safer behaviors. Sadly, it is a commonly overlooked aspect of health and safety training. The answer is to let people know they are receivingContinue reading “One Simple Improvement for Safety Training”

Our data is speaking. Are we listening?

I distinctly remember combing through near miss data one day and having an “a-ha” moment. I could see that trouble was on the horizon. I was for sure thinking that the site was choosing not to report safety issues that really mattered because they felt it was not getting fixed. I had the data toContinue reading “Our data is speaking. Are we listening?”

Measuring SQDC in Safety

For a safety department to be its most effective, it requires the evaluation of the group along similar metrics as others. I have been fortunate to have had some really good mentors in my career that have helped me to craft the way I look at running a safety department and measuring success.   InContinue reading “Measuring SQDC in Safety”

When Your Safety System is not a System

There are times where a company will seek to implement a safety program. They will create all the necessary programs, procedures, meetings, audits, employee committees, and many other processes that they feel have made other companies successful in safety. They will even brand all the programs as their safety management system or process. The trouble,Continue reading “When Your Safety System is not a System”