Welcome to CoreInsights, CoreAdvantage’s 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 8


  "HOT ISSUE" EXCHANGE - Maintaining Motivation and Ownership
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Question: “We have been a Star site for eight years now. As time has marched on it has become increasingly more difficult to maintain everyone’s focus and motivation. Do you have any suggestions?”

Your site is going through exactly what most long term VPP site’s experience.

Ask any Star site that has been certified for 8 to 10 years and they will tell you the same thing. Getting certified was the easy part. The difficult part is maintaining Star quality over the long haul. To do so requires dealing with your very issue. After all how do you keep improving every year when you already have a highly performing system?

The first question to ask is: has your safety performance declined? If it has, then use your Root Cause process to evaluate why. Next, look to the site's expectations. Are they realistic?

Set realistic expectations

It is important that everyone understand how well you are already doing compared to almost all other workplaces in the world. They can’t keep expecting huge improvements each year. What they can expect is that they will continue to have an opportunity to be involved and make a positive contribution and that the organization is totally committed to continually improve.

Sharing information is essential to keeping everyone’s motivation and support.

Look for ways to publicize what you are doing and the results that are occurring. Include information on opportunities for involvement and who is currently involved. There are a number of ways to do this. Use your normal communication channels, i.e., meetings, news letters, bulletin boards, etc. A powerful tool to also consider is using the web or your intranet sever.

Score Cards & Dashboards are a perfect way to publish key data and information.

Score cards and dashboards can summarize key performance data and are the perfect way to publicize your data. They allow the reader with a glance to obtain the critical information that they are seeking.

When performance is public it can create positive peer pressure in addition to developing motivation, ownership and pride.

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.

To see a demo of VPP foundation click here: VPP Foundation

SafePath KPI is designed to enable you to develop and publish your key performance indicators. To see an example SafePath Dashboard that can help you manage and publish metrics click here: SafePath KPI

To learn more about the SafePath product family click here: SafePath


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