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Where are we and how do we get there?

It is not uncommon for a client to ask me how long it will take to develop a positive safety culture.  My answer is, it depends.  What executives and management are really asking is, “what will it cost” but that’s another safety topic.  This prompts several follow-up questions:

  1. Where are you today in your safety culture?
  2. Where do you want to go with it from here?
  3. Do you know what this positive safety culture would look like?

If you don’t know the answer to these questions, it is impossible for me to make a SWAG at a projected timeline.

There are many ways to identify where you are with your safety culture.  Some use perception surveys to get a picture of where they are, while others use metrics to triangulate where they are.  Both are ways to get data that is helpful.  But how do you use it to get where you want to go?

All human power is a compound of time and patience. – Honor de Balzac

Now that we know where we are and where we are going.  The most important question is, What does this positive safety culture look like to you?  How much time and human power can be expended trying to get to something that we have no clue what it looks like?  This is frustrating to the organization and tends to wear on the patience of those looking for, “Whatever it is we are looking for.”

This is a good time of the year to take the time to ask, “Where are we, and where do we want to be in our quest for a positive safety culture?”  Otherwise we will find ourselves throwing programs and processes at our organization that just create chaos and confusion.  Take the time to talk to each other.

My suggestion is that between now and the end of the year, have small informal meetings.  These don’t take long to accomplish but can be helpful.  Consider the three questions I suggested for your meeting time.  Make sure the meetings last no more than 1 hour and bring food, have fun, and communicate openly.

Thank you for your support in 2014, I look forward to helping you face to face, through web meetings, or by blogging in 2015.  For those who would like to show your support of my safety blogs and keep them coming I have made a way for you to help on an annual basis with a $100.00 payment.  This is not required to continue getting the blogs but it is appreciated.  To participate CLICK HERE

Merry Christmas,

The Potters

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