Safety Culture: Make the Most of Your Leadership Walkthrough

leadership-walkthroughsThere are various names for it; sometimes they’re called site visits, sometimes management walk-arounds, sometimes leadership walk-throughs, sometimes supervisor engagements, sometimes something else.   But whatever you call them, and whether the context of your supervision is “in the field” or “on the floor” (or even someplace else!), it’s imperative for purposes of leadership and relationship-building that you spend a significant amount of time with your workforce in their environment to ensure a safety culture is present.  But just visiting the plant, the line, the work site, or a field location in a random and unplanned way often results in missed opportunities to lead both personal safety and process safety.

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Eric Svendsen

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.

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