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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 5


  "HOT ISSUE" EXCHANGE - Alignment
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"HOT ISSUE" QUESTIONS & ADVICE - Alignment: Engaging Line Management

During the last two months we have been discussing how all organizations struggle with alignment issues.

In the last issue we talked about the importance of leadership from the top of the organization to drive a balanced and consistent safety message. Without top leadership balancing the naturally occurring competing forces between safety, production and quality, safety typically losses out and employees do what is natural. They get the job done the fastest, easiest, and the most comfortable way – frequently this means taking “short cuts” or engaging in “at-risk” behaviors.

Delicate Balance – Management Involvement

To maintain this delicate balance requires on-going and continual effort on part of line management. 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. Next top management must define what their subordinate line management team must do on a daily basis in order to be visibly involved and supporting safety.

Only when workers hear and see their supervisors and managers consistently involved with safety will they become engaged and make moment to moment decisions in favor of safety.

Managing Management

The problem that top management has is how to manage line management's involvement in the safety process. They typically lack a system that provides data so that they can manage safety like they manage the rest of the operations. They need to know when their direct reports are engaged and supporting the safety effort so they can reward and support their efforts or when they need to counsel or hold a manager or supervisor accountable.

The key to success is establishing a system of leading indicators that captures appropriate safety related activities that managers and supervisors are engaged in. Armed with this type of data management can now manage safety on a equal basis with productivity and quality.

Appropriate leading indicators will allow you to manage and ensure that the entire line management team is visibly involved in supporting your safety process. This will align the organization around safety and doing what they preach.

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 next issue of CoreInsights.

Next month we will talk about establishing a system of leading indicators.



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If you are struggling with issues such as misalignment, perhaps it’s 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.

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