As a safety professional, your job is anything but static. Changes initiated by you or by upper management and implemented by you are inevitable. That process can go smoothly – or not. A new study sheds some light on how employee engagement in the change process impacts how well change is implemented.
Training and development efforts that are informed by psychological research and theory and adapted to fit the needs of associates have resulted in Marriott International being recognized for having a Psychologically Healthy Workplace – an award given annually by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Monday’s keynote speaker was Adam Steltzner, lead landing engineer of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Project. In a Q&A following his talks, Steltzner made these points about leadership and teamwork:
In late March I attended the Indiana Safety and Health Conference & Expo in Indianapolis. I also spent time with my former West Virginia University (WVU) teammate and longtime friend, Oliver Luck. He was Academic All-America at WVU. Oliver is also a former NFL quarterback and well-respected sports executive who is now second in charge with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
For the third year, Temkin Group analyzed the employee engagement efforts within large companies in the report, Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2015. As part of the analysis, hundreds of large companies completed Temkin Group's Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity (EECM) Assessment.
About 15 years ago, I read an important engagement story regarding a line worker with a major automotive manufacturer in the United States. The story evolved from an organizational push to gain more involvement from their workers at a time when it was critical.
Two years ago, I co-authored an article with Margaret Hanson in SHP magazine about behavior change in a health and safety context (Just one more thing, SHP, July 2013). In the article, we discussed one model in particular – the COM-B (1) – which we liked for its elegance and simplicity and which we valued for the research base from which it is drawn.
Zero-injury safety targets are easy to communicate and seem to be everywhere, but such goals can be counterproductive to a company’s efforts if the context in which they are used does not go beyond slogans and good intentions, according to the lead article in the April issue of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ Professional Safety Journal.