What is safety leadership?
Safety leadership is critical to optimize safety culture and prevent injuries and fatalities. Effective safety leadership is typically viewed in terms of optimizing safety systems and conditions. Although this is key, safety leadership also involves managing “softer skills” for safety, including effective interpersonal communication. Strong safety leadership also requires effectively addressing employees’ behaviors and attitudes for safety.
Safety Leadership Skills for Supervisors
Why are Safety Leadership Skills Vital?
Creating a Total Safety Culture requires a common vision and effort from everyone in an organization. There is compelling scientific research demonstrating that the management philosophy of an organization is the most important factor determining its safety performance. For example, research demonstrates that companies with the lowest lost-time injury rates have the highest level of management commitment and employee involvement.
As such, all of SPS’s efforts address leadership’s role in changing, supporting, and maintaining a positive culture as a part of their daily operations. The supervisor for many employees is the example of what the organization stands for. Therefore, it is critical supervisors understand the organization’s values and how to instill these values in the employees they lead on a daily basis. SPS focuses on safety coaching skills and management practices to demonstrate the importance of safety as a value.
How SPS can help?
Supervisors attend a 1 day workshop to gain a better understanding of the need for change in the current safety culture and their role in driving that change. The emphasis is placed on ways leaders can work to improve an organization’s safety culture using behavior-based and people-based psychology principles. More specifically, the workshop assists supervisors in examining individual management practices needed to support a Total Safety Culture, including giving and receiving safety-related feedback (i.e., safety coaching). Following the presentation of the key safety cultural principles, participants complete interactive exercises to ensure understanding and to give the leaders practical applications for the best practices taught.
SPS can work with you to customize the Safety Leadership workshop for Supervisors. Typical content includes:
SPS also offers the Leadership Evaluation and Development for Safety (LEADS) Assessment
The LEADS 360 degree tool measures critical leadership skills related to safety. LEADS components include an assessment of how effectively leaders promote a vision for safety, engagement in safety, effective rewards, trust, communications, teamwork, and empowerment. Each participating leader is evaluated by a selection of others (e.g., his/her manager, peers, and/or direct reports). After a preliminary analysis of the LEADS data, interviews (either telephone or in person) may be conducted with each participant in order to gain additional detail and a rationale for the ratings.
More resources to help you get your Senior Leadership team to “walk the talk”:
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