We had a great February member discussion with our guest experts Dame Judith Hackitt and Professor Andrew Sharman.
Hackitt and Sharman provided many great insights to help leaders with encouraging their workers and line managers to value safety in our working culture. They shared with us recommendations to help operational leaders easily and effectively integrate safety into their daily work.
During the discussion they spoke about several ways to share safety success updates, such as discussing the activities you are engaging in that are creating a safe workplace. They reinforced how important it is to engage other leaders in the dialogue, by using questions to lead them into the discussion from their business perspectives.
They reminded us that real change will comes from putting workers at the center of our work. To pull back from using non-interactive methods such as safety posters that dictate to workers it is their responsibility to own safety. Instead, first reach out and start the conversation. Ask workers what they believe needs to be done to improve safety.
Dame Judith Hackitt shared a few example questions to help get ideas started such as: "If I were working with you right now, what would I need to know to be safe?", "What did we do that kept everyone safe today?".
Sharman shared that workers will be willing to commit to being safety when they see their leaders taking action to ensuring safety is a real business value. This is what will help motivate them to start thinking of safety first.
Hackitt shares that it truly steams from being authentic and engaging our workers in a manner that is inspirational.
They concluded our session sharing that it is about how safety contributes to the success of the business, the department, the team, and the individual.
They shared these four final points:
- Excellent safety performance depends on constant active engagement at all levels
- Leaders’ visibility and genuine interest in safety drives cultural maturity
- Great safety culture is built on top tier involvement and focus
- Safety improvement must be a daily activity for everyone
It was a great member discussion! We invite you to view the recording of the session by follow the link below: