Managing a Safe Work Environment

Work Environment image credit Claudio Hirscherger
“Let’s manage safety recognizing how humans are and stop
managing safety the way we wish humans were.”  Alan Quilley

You may wonder why Momentum Consulting has a fundamental
principle about safety. We are consultants, not construction workers thatoperate heavy machinery or walk along scaffolding high in the air. That kind of occupation requires high levels of safety procedures, as that could
be a life or death situation. Most business consulting would not be
considered “life or death.” However, it IS the life of your business, and we take that very seriously.  

I find there are two reasons that this is an important cultural behavior
for our organization.

First, it’s a reminder to be present.

Accidents, mistakes, and breakdowns occur when we move too fast or
find ourselves distracted. This requires us to be present in our physical
surroundings to avoid injury or disaster.

Second, it requires us to be present with each other.

We are in the business of effective communication. When we coach
leaders, we are focused on each leader creating a safe environment for
their teams. This safe environment includes the ability to speak frankly,
share ideas, debate, and trust that communications are heard and respected. If it’s not safe for someone to speak up, then we are setting ourselves
up for sub par results.

This is an interesting time. We seem to be living on two parallel planes.
We are either overly sensitive and hesitant to speak up, or we will let it
all out and say too much. Neither way seems to lead to the results we
want.

The culture of safety begins with the leader.  We have to start with
listening and encouraging dialogue.  Team members thrive in this type ofenvironment, which becomes a win/win for everyone!

“If you talk to a man in a language that he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”  Nelson Mandela

I have always heard there is safety in numbers. Surround yourself with
people that promote open, honest communication. It’s remarkable what
we can accomplish with this principle in mind.

Be safe,
Martha Lynn
Fundamental #6: Create a Safe Environment
Safety requires accountability, awareness and diligence. Never take shortcuts that compromise yours or others’ safety. Performance thrives in a
safe environment.

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