Workplace Communicator Blog

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

8 Tips to Improve Safety Induction Training

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Tue, Mar 27, 2012

According to the the research paper "Relative Effectiveness of Worker Safety and Health Training Methods" from the American Journal of Public Health in February 2006, engaging safety training is three times more effective than the least engaging methods in promoting knowledge and skill acquisition.  In addition, the most engaging methods of safety training are, on average, most effective in reducing negative outcomes such as accidents.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety professionals, induction training, hr professionals

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

Five Company Induction Trends that can Put You out of Business

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Apr 12, 2010

Getting new starters up to speed as quickly possible should be the goal of every company.  Yet, sadly, most companies tend to induct new starters with boring reading materials and little training support.

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Topics: staff training videos, induction training videos, CEOs and executives, staff inductions, company inductions, induction training, hr professionals, induction videos, staff induction videos

Why Induction Training Programs are So Important to Company Success

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Fri, Mar 19, 2010

According to research by Recruitment Solutions in April 2007, 47% of employee turnover occurs within the first 90 days of employment.  With 60% of respondents highlighting induction improvements as a priority area for investment.

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Topics: staff inductions, company induction training, company inductions, induction training, hr professionals