“S.E.A.T.” Safety Coaching Method: Tailoring the Script

SEAT RevisionWe’ve looked in detail at the “Have a S.E.A.T.” safety-coaching model, including how to stop the action, how to engage the employee and reinforce core values, how to get a commitment for future behaviors, and how to end that conversation on a positive note by thanking them.

The next step is to tailor the script and make it your own. The sample dialogue we used to learn the model is just a script and nothing more. It’s based on how that dialogue might sound from one coach’s perspective. But it’s probably not how you would have that same conversation, so it’s important to work that out beforehand. Here’s a way to tailor the S.E.A.T. model to your own conversational style.

Remember, the S.E.A.T. method stands for:

Stop the action”

Engage the employee”

“get Agreement”

Thank them”

The video below refers to a “S.E.A.T. Revision Worksheet” that can be used to tailor this coaching model to your own conversational style, using your own words and terminology. Download the S.E.A.T. Revision Worksheet here, or from the link just below the video, and work through the steps to revise the script and practice the model using scenarios you’re already familiar with.

Good luck tailoring and using the “Have a S.E.A.T.” coaching model for coaching observed unsafe behaviors. That’s it for this edition of Recordable INSIGHTS. We’ll see you next time.



About the Author

safetyBUILT-IN is the safety-leadership learning and development division of SCInc. We believe sustainable safety performance is best achieved through a core-values based safety culture, and that culture must be driven by leadership. Our safety-leadership programs are competency-based, and focused on performance outcomes. We believe in building capability and ownership into our client organizations—as well as sustainability into our programs—so that our clients can continue running those programs long after we’re out of the picture. Our emphasis is on building better leadership presence, better leadership communication and better leadership coaching by first building relationships of trust with people and learning how to engage them on the level of their core values and beliefs.