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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 7


  "HOT ISSUE" EXCHANGE - Alignment
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"HOT ISSUE" QUESTIONS & ADVICE - Alignment: Leading Indicators, Score Cards & Dashboards

During the last four months we have been discussing how all organizations struggle with alignment issues due to a number of issues.

In the last issue we talked about the importance of managing your site’s safety process with the appropriate mix of indicators and how to go about creating them.

You can’t effectively manage what you don’t have good data on

Without appropriate measures that allow managers and supervisors to manage safety on an equally basis as production and quality, safety will typically lose out and they will do what is natural, focus on production and quality. When this happens, it is frequently at the expense of safety and, the age old competition of competing pressures of production, quality vs. safety plays out.

To successfully manage these competing pressures requires a balancing act. The right mix of metrics can help managers balance these pressures and also drive continuous improvement. This requires critical safety related activities to be identified and a system created that tracks their quality, quantity and timeliness.

Aligning Through Measures by Holding the Organization Accountable

Always create a balanced mix of performance measures and upstream leading indicators. Keep your eye on your performance measures, however, drive the system with the leading indicators. Once you have measures in place, manage by the numbers! Management must embrace the metrics and manage by them. This means that top site management must hold their direct reports accountable for safety on an equal basis as production and quality. They must also ensure that their direct reports do the same for their subordinates. Who in turn, must do the same for theirs. When top management has the data to manage by and holds the organization accountable starting with themselves, it will naturally create alignment around safety.

Score Cards & Dashboards

Score cards and dashboards that summarize key performance data is the perfect way to publicize your data. They allow with a glance the reader to obtain the critical information that they are seeking. When performance is public it can create positive peer pressure. Within the management ranks there’s nothing like good healthy competition. I never wanted to go to a management meeting where I knew that my numbers looked the worst.

Likewise by publishing your data for all to see on the plant floor opens communication, builds trust, goodwill and creates greater buy-in.

To see an example SafePath Dashboard that can help you manage and publish metrics click here: SafePath KPI



To see how the SafePath software can help manage all of your safety and VPP processes click here: SafePath VPP Master Control Plan

If you are struggling with issues such as establishing the proper mix of measures or 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.

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.


Exciting New Announcement: VPP FOUNDATION

CoreAdvantage and TriageTraining has launched two new products in the SafePath product family, “VPP Foundation” and SafePath KPI. VPP Foundation is designed to explain the basics of the VPP model and helps you confidently build a path to certification. Model policies and a series of benchmarks are provided for each VPP sub-element. Publish VPP Foundation to a local area network or intranet server and it will help you educate everyone from executives to front line workforce in order to gain buy-in and commitment.

SafePath KPI is designed to enable you to develop and publish your key performance indicators

To learn more about VPP Foundation SafePath KPI or the SafePath product family click here: SafePath



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