Workplace Communicator Blog

How to Keep Up-to-Date with Australian HR Policies

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Fri, Jul 12, 2013

Even though I've helped countless companies with their safety manuals and procedures, HR policies always leave me scratching my head.  In Australia, they change a lot and they are often too detailed to provide to staff the information in a visually interesting manner for ease of understanding (which is why I never recommended turning them into a training video).

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Topics: HR forms, HR templates, HR policies, procedure manual, hr professionals, procedures manual

Announcing New Supervisor Leadership Skills for a Safe Workplace Training

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jun 24, 2013

 

A new online training video course has been launched by Digicast Productions to improve leadership skills of supervisors, in order to improve safety performance and culture.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, training professionals, safety professionals, safety performance, supervisor leadership skills, safety culture, hr professionals

3 Productivity Improvements for Standard Operating Procedures

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Sep 10, 2012

Standard Operating Procedures are often very complicated.  They are usually written to be compliant with little thought put into making sure they are easy to read and understand (see 5 Mistakes Companies makes with their Standard Operating Procedures).  However, in the race to be compliant, little thought is put into how to teach staff how to undertake procedures as productively and efficiently as possible.

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Topics: improving productivity with procedures, safety professionals, induction training, hr professionals, standard operating procedure, standard operating procedures

How to Improve your Safety Incentive Scheme

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Aug 20, 2012

In the movie, "Dangerous Minds", Michelle Pfeiffer plays a teacher responsible for teaching under-privileged and sullen teenagers.  Many of of the kids are involved in gang warfare and drug pushing.  She motivates them by giving them all an A grade from the beginning of the year, and arguing that the only thing required of them is that they maintain it.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, workplace safety communication, fear of safety loss, rewarding staff for safety, safety professionals, hr professionals, safety incentives

10 Reasons to Include more Visuals in your Safety Communication

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Sun, Aug 12, 2012

Colourful pictures aren't just for children.  Adults are also drawn to photos and videos.  So it's no wonder that there's a quiet revolution going on.

Visual content is dominating the social media landscape.  Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube are all visually driven.  And they're booming.  It was only a little while ago, we'd even heard of Pinterest.  Now, it's the third most popular social media website in the world.  And it's all due to online photo scrapbooks.

But what's this got to do with being a safety professional, you ask?

The visual revolution doesn't just stop at just social media.  It's infiltrating all levels of communication.  The need to use more visuals to engage your workforce is just starting to build momentum.

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Topics: training professionals, workplace safety communication, safety communication facts, hr professionals, using visuals in safety

Workplace Safety Assessment for Safety, Training, HR & Communication

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Thu, Jul 26, 2012

A new and free workplace communication review service has been launched by Digicast Productions which provides expert advice to companies on how to tweak their workplace communication materials for better acceptance of messages from staff and contractors.

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Topics: workplace safety communication, safety professionals, induction training, free workplace communication assessment, hr professionals

5 Mistakes Companies make with their Standard Operating Procedures

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jul 16, 2012

As a safety content producer, I get the rare chance to look at countless standard operating procedures from a variety of large companies.

We use these documents to write clear, friendly scripts, in order to produce training videos that will engage, increase learner understanding and recall.  Nearly, 95% of the time, these standard operating procedures are really hard to read and understand.  And they're very often wrong.

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Topics: SOPs, safety professionals, induction training, hr professionals, standard operating procedure, standard operating procedures

Why Supervisors are so Important when Improving Workplace Safety

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jul 2, 2012

In the book First, Break all the Rules by Marcus Buckingham, his research found the relationship between an employee and their manager determined how long an employee will stay in a company and their level of productivity.

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Topics: workplace safety communication, safety professionals, improving safety with supervisors, hr professionals, supervisors and safety

How Business Professionals can Use Emotion for Organizational Change

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Wed, May 23, 2012

As a business leader, there are times when you really need to get your workforce to understand your vision.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, workplace safety communication, getting your vision across, safety professionals, using emotions for change, hr professionals

"Harmonisation Law" to Directors: Ignore Workplace Safety & Lose your House

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, May 21, 2012

‘Safety First!’ is a phrase most of us have heard throughout the years, often as a reminder to look both ways before you cross the street.

However, never has this statement rung so close to home, as it does now.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, Communication professionals, workplace safety communication, safety communication, safety professionals, hr professionals, WHS