Welcome to CoreInsights, CoreAdvantageís Monthly VPP Bulletin.

CoreInsights has been designed to provide helpful tips and advice to VPPPA members, Safety and Health professonals, their managment and colleagues in order to assist in creating continuous safety and health improvement.

Volume 3 Number 3


  "HOT ISSUE" EXCHANGE - Alignment
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"HOT ISSUE" QUESTIONS & ADVICE - Alignment: Unintended Messages

Last month we discussed how all organizations struggle with alignment issues. Since this is such a common and significant issue I announced last month that the next several issues of CoreInsights would be dedicated to the topic. In the last issue we talked about the importance of sharing information and the need to get your safety and VPP policies, procedures, data, etc., into the hands of line management and front line employees. This month we will discuss the need for leadership from the top of the organization to drive a balanced and consistent safety message.

Balance Competing Forces

In order to balance the naturally occurring competing forces between safety, production and quality, it is imperative that the top site manager deliver a consistent message that provides guidance to defer to safety when apparent conflicts arise. Next he/she must consistently be visibly involved and supporting your safety process. This includes incorporating safety into their normal day to day discussions and activities.

Single Largest Failure

The single largest failure that I see is top management only delivering safety messages at single points in time. Once delivered, they tend to primarily focus on the core business issues, i.e., production and sales. This is one of the greatest causes for creating misalignment. The people that report to the site manager (they have the greatest access) will tend to focus on the issues that they believe to be the most important to the boss. After all, keeping the boss happy is just plain good politics! In this case since they primarily see the boss tending to production, sales, etc., so they do the same. Itís not enough to believe in your heart that safety is important. Rather the people around you must also see and hear it from you. Otherwise unintended messages are sent down the management chain of command. What the front line employees hear is safety is important but what they see, feel, and have to support is all about production and profits.

Send the Correct Message

When top management provides an appropriate example of consistently being involved and supporting the safety process so will their direct reports. This example will then domino down the chain of command bringing what the organization says about safety into alignment with what they do about it. Combine this type of effort with accountability and rewards and you have a winning combination for maintaining alignment around safety.

Good measures (that allow you to manage) in addition to incentives and accountability are also needed to align an organization around safety. We will talk about these issues in the upcoming issues of CoreInsights.



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If you are struggling with issues such as misalignment, perhaps itís time for assistance from an outside third party. Frequently a person from outside an organization can help facilitate change a lot easier than a person from within.

Evaluating VPP management systems is the core of my practice. If I can be of any assistance please give me a call at 303.499.4111 or Visit us on the web at: http://www.core-advantage.com.


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CoreAdvantage, TriageTraining, and IHS are forming a critical alliance and partnership. As part of the alliance, free web seminars will be offered and IHS will be incorporating the SafePath product suite into their product line.

The first web seminar will be on Wednesday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m. EST.

What You Donít Know About Safety & Health Management Systems Can Hurt You.

This free session will provide a basic overview of safety management systems using the VPP model. It would be perfect for your new team members. We will also provide a demonstration on the use of the SafePath technology to manage safety management systems.

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