Workplace Communicator Blog

5 Mistakes that Sabotage your Safety Communication Success

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Mar 17, 2014

One of the things I like about my job is consulting with safety professionals on how to improve their safety communication. 

I get to review monthly safety themes and safety articles for the company newsletter and proffer suggestions for improvement.  Often, a complete overhaul is required.

Safety professionals are great at the technical, but struggle when it comes to packaging information for other people to digest.  Sadly, just because you find restraining loads very interesting, doesn't mean others will automatically share your enthusiasm.

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Topics: safety communication, safety leadership, safety communication skills

From Pain to Gain: How to Convince Employees to Work Safely

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Recently, I was talking to a safety consultant who told me about a business he visited a while ago that had staff handling pieces of wood with multiple nails sticking out, while not wearing gloves.

Every day these employees were constantly subjecting their hands to pain, yet, no-one complained.

What's interesting about human behaviour is that when we are in physical pain the body will learn to adapt and avoid it.

Think about the last time you had a sore tooth.  You automatically started eating on the other side of your mouth.

In this company where people were ignoring the daily pain of work, they just got used to it because everyone else was doing it and nobody protested.  Management was okay and would have been open to suggestions (provided enough people let them knew of the issue).

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Topics: safety leadership, safety skills, safety communication skills

10 Safety Communication Skills for Safety Leaders

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Sun, Feb 23, 2014

To be an effective safety leader, you need to be able to persuade your workplace to buy-in to your safety vision.  You have to be able to cut through any confusion on safety and focus your organisation on what is important.

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Topics: safety messages, safety influence, safety communication skills

What's blocking your safety communication?

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Tue, Jan 28, 2014

One of the major frustrations of being a safety leader is that it's often difficult to get your safety messages understood and acted upon correctly.

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Topics: safety communication tools, safety communication skills, safety communication strategies, safety blocks

7 Secrets to Transform Your Safety Communication Skills

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jan 20, 2014

Safety communication is often left to safety professionals to write and publish.

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Topics: safety communication plan, safety communication, safety communication skills