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

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

Why Great Workplace Safety Professionals are Artists

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Tue, Sep 4, 2012

The best safety professionals that I've worked with like safety.  They read all the right safety magazines and go to all the right safety conferences.  But that's not what gets them out of bed in the morning.  What they're really passionate about, and what makes them stand out, is their desire to keep as many people safe as possible.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, workplace safety communication, excellent safety leaders, safety professionals, safety culture

Five Telltale Signs your Company's Safety Culture Needs Work

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jul 30, 2012
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Topics: workplace safety communication, safety professionals, safety culture, improving safety culture

5 Sloppy Workplace Safety Communication Mistakes to Fix NOW

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jul 9, 2012

Mistakes are a healthy part of learning.  They're nothing to be embarrassed about, as long as you learn from them and move on.  But being sloppy is a totally different story.

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Topics: safety communication mistakes, CEOs and executives, Communication professionals, workplace safety communication, safety professionals

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

5 Topics to include in your Workplace Safety Speech

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jun 25, 2012

Writing a safety speech can be a daunting task.  But rather than staring at a computer screen for inspiration, we've put together some helpful topic reminders to include in your speech to get maximum motivation and attention from your workforce.  Refer to these five must-have topics to help get you started.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, Communication professionals, CEO safety speech, workplace safety communication, safety speech, improving safety speeches

Four Ways to talk to Senior Management about Safety

Posted by Marie-Claire Ross on Mon, Jun 4, 2012

Last week, we looked at three different arguments to convince senior management about why they need to care about safety.

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Topics: CEOs and executives, safety and directors, persuading to senior management to care about safe, workplace safety communication, safety conversation, safety professionals

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