Safety Conversations

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It can be frustrating when employees get hurt or injured, even though you provide them with safety training and set clear expectations about working safely. One reason that people may take risks is that you are not leading for safety.

When you are managing for safety, the primary reason supervisors or managers have any safety conversation is to exert control. This results in a culture of compliance, where people are told they HAVE TO comply with rules and policies.

When you are leading for safety, the reason supervisors or managers have any safety conversation is they care. This approach fosters a culture of commitment. People are compliant not because they have to, but because it is the RIGHT thing to do!

Organizations who are managing for safety rely on compliance. Their safety performance significantly lags those who are leading for safety and seek employee commitment.

Few organizations have a true culture of compliance. Total commitment is also rare.

Most organizations reside somewhere between these extremes, on a Safety Leadership ContinuumTM.

Safety Leadership Continuum

We use an eight-question survey to place your organization on this continuum.

Often, the survey reveals a critical skill gap that significantly affects where the organization resides on this scale.  Managers and supervisors are not skilled in conducting an effective safety conversation.

Don't Know How

To teach this skill, we integrate leadership principles into a key tool for supervisors:

The Pocket Guide for a Safety ConversationTM

This Pocket Guide follows a proven approach that helps anyone have the RIGHT conversation for the RIGHT reason. The person using this guide follows a five-step process:

1. Frame the Conversation
2. Listen for Influences
3. Discover Error Traps
4. Identify the Behavior
5. Take Action!

The Pocket Guide provides a structured method to learn about critical factors that usually remain hidden. An effective safety conversation also builds trust. And trust is essential to see the reasons why someone may take a risk or may make a mistake!


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