Workplace Communicator Blog

10 Ways to Improve your Workplace Safety Communication

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, May 28, 2012

Everything we do is communication.  And it is no wonder that research studies point to 70% of workplace mistakes being caused by poor communication.

How we start our message often determines the result.

According to Crystal Clear Communication, by Kris Cole, people quickly determine the meaning of our message and whether they will be receptive at the beginning.  We only have a short time to get our messages across:

  • 2 minutes when we are face to face
  • 30 seconds on the telephone
  • 10 - 15 seconds by voice mail.

So the more important the message, the bigger the need to plan what you are going to say.

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Topics: safety communications in workplace safety, workplace safety communication, communicating OHS messages, safety professionals, CEO safety messages, workplace training, workplace safety meetings, workplace safety messages, workplace safety, CEO workplace safety speech

Six Secret Principles to an Effective Workplace Safety Campaign

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Oct 24, 2011

In the brilliant book, Made to Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath, they discussed a 1999 research project by a team of Israeli researchers.  In this study, 200 award winning ads were classified into six templates.

They then classified 200 unsuccessful ads and found that only 2% could be classified into the six templates.

But wait there's more...

The researchers brought in three groups of novices and got them to create three ads for three different products.  The first group received information on the products and no ad design training.  The second group was trained for two hours by a creativity instructor, while the third group was trained for two hours on the six templates.

For all groups, the best best ads were selected by a creative director and tested with consumers.

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Topics: workplace safety campaign, workplace safety communication, communicating OHS messages, using stories in the workplace

How to get Senior Leaders More Involved in Company Communication

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jul 4, 2011

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Topics: workplace safety communication, communicating OHS messages, CEOs and workplace safety, CEO workplace safety speech, senior management communication

How to write the CEO Safety Speech

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Thu, Feb 17, 2011

How the safety speech is written depends upon it's form of delivery (eg: written speech for the annual report, face to face presentation to staff or video presentation) and the audience. Ideally, the speech is tailored as much as possible to the particular group of workers as this will get more traction.

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Topics: safety communications in workplace safety, CEOs and executives, safety messages, Communication professionals, training professionals, workplace safety communication, communicating OHS messages, CEO safety messages, workplace safety messages, hr professionals, workplace safety, CEO workplace safety speech