Building Employee Engagement for a Stronger Safety Culture (part 6)

driving-engagement10-things-employee-engagementBefore we look at the drivers of engagement that will help us improve the strength and sustainability of our safety culture, we’ll need to address a few general principles of leadership that should already be in place for these drivers to work best.

First of all, we need to actively build relationships of trust with our employees.  Getting to know our employees, their interest and their families is absolutely critical to building a strong safety culture.  We need to know what drives them individually if we hope to appeal to their core values as an internal motivator to lead safety on the job. [content_protector password=”EeP-6″ identifier=”EeP-6″]

We also need to create and maintain a healthy team environment.  That means that we as leaders need to create open lines of communication and transparency so that everyone feels free to register concerns with us.  But it also means that we need to step in and manage conflict if there is conflict between team members.  Otherwise we’re bound to have team members with low levels of engagement that just don’t want to be there.

Finally, we need to take note of the levels of engagement of all members of our team to ensure the general trajectory of engagement is on the rise and not on the decline.  And if we have fctc-online-bannerdirect reports who in turn have their own direct reports, it’s even more critical to keep an eye on the level of engagement of those on our team (particularly front-line supervisors) who are leading others.  Because if they are disengaged, it’s very likely they are influencing others on their team to be disengaged as well.  Disengaged supervisors tend to hire and create disengaged employees.

That’s it for this edition of Recordable INSIGHTS.  Be sure to view the video below for additional ideas on these principles.  Until 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.