Workplace Communicator Blog

Is this the best safety plan ever?

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Feb 25, 2013

Back in 1987, every Alcoa plant, worldwide, had at least one accident per week.  It was dangerous work.   Molten metals bubbled at 1,500 degrees and machines that could literally rip off a man's arm were used every day.  It was commonly accepted that some staff wouldn't make it home.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety habits, safety behaviours, safety plan, workplace safety communication, changing workplace safety behaviours, safety professionals

10 Books Every Business Leader should read in 2013

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

For those of you who read this blog regularly, you might have noticed that I reference a lot of books.  Some of these books have helped me enormously in life and business.  And I want to share them with you.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, workplace safety communication, book list 2013, leadership books 2013, business books 2013

5 Dumb Ways to Communicate Train Safety

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Dec 3, 2012

I was all ready to like the Dumb Ways to Die video, the new internet-based campaign from Victoria’s Metro Trains.

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Topics: dumb ways to die, CEOs and executives, workplace safety communication, safety communication, safety professionals, Marketing/business development professionals, safety videos on YouTube

How a Culture of Fear Breeds Dodgy Workplace Practices

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Nov 26, 2012

Back in the 1970s - 1980s, Jimmy Savile was one of the most famous television presenters on the BBC.  An effervescent, eccentric man he hosted "Top of the Pops", followed by other children's television shows.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, workplace safety communication, workplace culture, culture of fear, Jimmy Savile

5 Ways to Encourage Safety Ownership

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Companies that are best in class when it comes to safety, all have one thing in common.  And that is each employee and contractor takes ownership of their own safety.  It's part of their workplace culture.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, workplace safety communication, safety ownership, safety responsiblity, responsibility for safety

Announcing Free Workplace Safety Culture Report

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Nov 5, 2012

The culture of a company determines profitability, staff happiness  and even how likely staff are to injure themselves at work.  Discover three core areas that every senior leader needs to keep in balance, in order to create a positive workplace culture.

Melbourne, Australia (5 November, 2012) – Digicast Productions, a video production company, today launched a free report titled “3 Factors that Influence Workplace Culture”.  It’s designed specifically for CEO’s, senior leaders and safety professionals who want to improve their workplace culture, but also their safety record, by improving three core business areas.

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Topics: workplace safety culture, CEOs and executives, workplace safety communication, workplace culture, workplace culture report, safety professionals

Announcing 8 Tell-Tale Signs your Safety Culture needs Work Seminar

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Oct 22, 2012

Can you tell by walking into a company whether they have a good safety culture?

Studies show that a poor safety culture is easy to spot.  Discover eight telltale signs that your safety culture needs work and how to improve it. This session will explore those signs and launch an easy to understand workplace culture model.

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Topics: workplace safety culture, workplace safety communication, safety professionals, safety culture, safety culture talk, safety culture seminar Melbourne

Why removing Personal Responsibility is Irresponsible

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Oct 15, 2012

According to Brian Tracy, a self-help author and motivational speaker, the chief hallmark of the fully mature human being is to be 100% responsible for our lives.  

Blaming others and creating excuses for our mistakes is one of the primary causes for failure as adults and a contributor to poor mental health.  

By believing that other people are responsible for us, essentially means handing over the controls of our lives to others.  The acceptance of personal responsibility is so important for our mental health.  In fact, those that have high levels of personal responsibility, also have high levels of freedom and positive emotions.  While those who have low levels of responsibility, feel that their lives are out of control.  The result is that they suffer from unnecessary negative emotions and they are at risk of mental health issues.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety responsibility, workplace safety communication, safety professionals, personal responsibility, being responsible for safety

5 Ways to SMaC your Safety Guidelines

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Oct 8, 2012

When it comes to estimating the risk of a calamitous event on a company, humans tend to be overconfident about the accuracy of their forecasts and risk assessments, and far too lenient in assessing what outcomes could occur.

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Topics: improving safety guidelines, CEOs and executives, workplace safety communication, safety professionals, improving safety culture, improving safety rules

4 Ways to Avoid Negative People

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Sep 17, 2012

Do you want to run for the hills screaming when you're with a negative person?  Well, it might be your brain trying to valiantly save you from losing neurons.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, workplace safety communication, avoiding negative people, protecting yourself from complainers, staying positive