Safety Collaboration: How is Your Organization Doing?

No doubt, collaborative organizational approaches are designed to increase productivity, quality and safety performance. In fact, in many cases, “collaborative involvement and decision making” at the customer and production level have become a competitive necessity. Among the many approaches to improving safety performance, “active involvement” must be viewed as a critical construct. Intuitively, participation and collaboration seem sound. But have these concepts been researched and tested? The work of Kurt Lewin was instrumental in this regard (Lewin 1947, 1951, 1952; Raven 227+). In his study of interpersonal conflict, Lewin observed that teachers influenced their students in one way, but that

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Working Through The Safety Change Cycle

In 2004, I wrote a fun and enlightening book that walks and talks the reader through a cycle of safety-related change.  I modified Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ work which takes everyone though a journey of denial, struggle, examination, and commitment.  It’s a book that uses four main characters on the journey and reveals how people can work through each of the stages or cycles of change.  If you are looking for a fun and informative way to help your leaders embrace and work through your next safety-change process, please follow this book link. Below is the Foreword from Dave Johnson, Editor, Industrial

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“Not-Invented-Here” Debilitates Safety Advancement

Many of us have been stalled or blocked from progressing with newly formed ideas, thoughts, programs or processes because a particular group or leader did not think of it first.  Perhaps an innovative safety approach was put forward in an inopportune way and was viewed as very “external to others” and was brought to an abrupt halt.  Well, all of this is about the “not invented here” (NIH) phenomena.  Although NIH is commonly talked about in management circles, its theoretical and empirical underpinnings are somewhat shallow and vague.  Nonetheless NIH is real and occurs regularly.  And even though there are

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Safety Benchmarking is Over-Hyped

Benchmarking can uncover gaps. I happen to believe benchmarking against other companies is over-hyped. I don’t believe as much of it goes on today as in the past. Today many major corporations see safety and health as a competitive advantage, and EHS insights and technology are locked down and protected more and more. Instead, benchmark against yourself. Compare region versus region, facility versus facility, locations versus locations. Look at the scorecards or scoreboards you have set up internally. Your assessment should include the climate and culture for safety through perception surveys. Climate is the perception, the mood, the feeling that

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