I recently heard a saying that I really like, “the dog with the bone is always in danger.” Most all of us have a “golden dog-bone” within our organizations – whether it be sales numbers, market share, profit numbers, new product alignment, employee turnover rates, quality, productivity, and yes, safety performance indicators.
When it comes to art, I have a big advantage. My wife of 53 years is an artist, retired art gallery owner and art critic. The other day, she sent me a link to an article in the Guardian titled Art works: how art in the office boosts staff productivity with a subtitle of A bright creative workspace can make employees more productive, lower stress and increase wellbeing.
Safety Incentives are increasingly eyed with suspicion by regulators who worry inappropriate incentives might lead to under reporting of injuries. Unfortunately, many organizations have legacy systems that provide financial rewards for injury-free time periods.
I’ve been speaking about this for years. I feel strongly that we are made to be touched. Hey, I even like to hug! Yes, I like to reach out and hug people - touch people and shake a hand. That comes naturally within my family and with many of my friends.
I tried many different strategies during my career to ensure that we had a 24/7 safety attitude. I learned that if our people just turned the safety switch on when they came to work and then shut it back off when they left, then we just had compliance and not commitment.
Coach Nick Saban just won another NCAA Football Championship and may soon be regarded as the greatest college football coach of all-time. He‘s now won four championships at the University of Alabama and one at Louisiana State University. That’s a pretty big deal!
I often remind audiences more injuries occur off the job than at work. With all the focus we place on workplace safety, I think most people must not be aware of this fact. For many of my clients, their safety record is so good the safest part of their employees’ day begins when they go through the gate to work.