Building Safety Ownership in Front-Line Employees (Part 2)

Building Safety Ownership in Front-Line EmployeesLast issue we talked about the benefits of putting front-line employees in charge of leading safety meetings.  Not only does this impart safety ownership for a safety culture to those who are most at risk, but it also helps to instill confidence in them to begin leading safety in every aspect of the job. But keep in mind that this process requires development from you.  [content_protector password=”ownership2″ identifier=”ownership2″]

In most cases, when you hand over the mantle of leadership to someone who has never assumed that responsibility before, they’re not going to do a very good job of it unless you’ve provided them some guidance and some coaching on how to do it well.

Meet with them ahead of time to go over the points they plan to make in their meeting and to talk about best ways to deliver that content.  Make sure they plan to do it in a way that engages employees.  Now we’ve covered best practices for conducting engaging safety meetings in past issues of Recordable Insights, and I’ll refer you to our Archives and our e-books to get some good ideas on how to do this effectively.

But you’ll want to avoid perpetuating the practice of poorly delivered and unengaging safety meetings.  If all they’re doing at the end of the day is reading notes, reading PowerPoint slides, or mumbling through a safety meeting, then you’ll need to take measures to develop their skills.  Coach them on the difference between reading a meeting and leading a meeting.

That’s it for this edition of Recordable Insights. We’ll see you next time.



About the Author

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.