Peer Influence: Don’t Change Safety Culture Without It!

Influencing Safety BehaviorsWe talk about building a safety culture, or a culture of safety.  We are pretty clear on what safety is, but what is this thing called culture?  The most widely accepted definition, usually attributed to Warner Burke from Columbia University back in the ‘80s is “the way we do things around here.”

So, culture is behavior, and if you want to change a culture, you need to look at changing the behaviors that will bring it closer to a safety culture.  Sounds pretty straightforward, but think of the track record of individuals you know, perhaps yourself, who have tried to change behaviors, such as smoking, or exercising, or dieting. 10 Things Leaders Absolutely Must Know to Plan for Sustainable Safety Culture Change

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Gene Drumm

Gene Drumm is on staff with safetyBUILT-IN and contributes to the Recordable INSIGHTS Newsletter.Gene is a recognized expert on organizational culture and performance, change management, leadership, and creating values-driven corporate cultures.Over the past 20 years he has executed culture-change projects across industries on six different continents.He has also held senior staff and line positions at Microsoft, Fujitsu America and Newmont Mining Company which were focused on implementing and sustaining strategic change.His area of specialty is resolving "culture clash" and safety-leadership culture development.

Gene Drumm

Gene Drumm is on staff with safetyBUILT-IN and contributes to the Recordable INSIGHTS Newsletter.Gene is a recognized expert on organizational culture and performance, change management, leadership, and creating values-driven corporate cultures.Over the past 20 years he has executed culture-change projects across industries on six different continents.He has also held senior staff and line positions at Microsoft, Fujitsu America and Newmont Mining Company which were focused on implementing and sustaining strategic change.His area of specialty is resolving "culture clash" and safety-leadership culture development.

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  1. hungbo segun says:

    Safety culture can be changed by peer influence ,if the culture is having a negative influences that is when there is what is called a sacred cow or the untouchable in an organization this could gradually pull down the safety culture from a reliable height through these influences in order way it could be changed positively

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