• Peter Bateman
    In the Nov/Dec edition of Safeguard we are asking for feedback on three questions arising from material published in the magazine. The questions follow. You can respond to one or more questions in public here on the Forum, or privately here via a Survey Monkey form. An edited selection of responses will be published in the Jan/Feb edition, but with no names attached. One random person will receive a prize!

    Q1: Richard Wagstaff says genuine worker engagement is much more than inviting workers to give feedback on a proposal – it requires training workers so they can define issues themselves and then work out solutions. How close does your organisation come to this?

    Q2: Mary Deacon says the game-changer at Bell Canada was making mental health training mandatory for all people leaders, because it gave them confidence and competence in spotting warning signs, having difficult conversations, and supporting people. How does this gel with your own experience?

    Q3: Derek Miller describes the awkward ethical dilemma than can face an occupational hygienist when a client expects them to work in a certain way. What is the toughest ethical dilemma you have faced in H&S at work?
  • Wayne Nicholl
    For question one - I am not so sure it is about training workers. I think that is maybe step two or three - first step is to provide an environment for workers to feel safe bringing up concerns around safety and then to give them the ownership and support to own the problem. Every environment is quite different in this space but I see a massive difference in how manufacturing sites handle this vs construction. Granted one is a lot more predicable than the other - but why does our thinking need to be different. I also see so many example where worker engagement starts at the back end of change. If we involved our workers earlier, they would have a better understanding of the reasons for change. If this is done wrong - we can easily dis-engage our people. I have found that by using change plans & communication plans (which include identification of who the stakeholders are) it is a lot easier.
  • Peter Bateman
    FYI here's the Safeguard report on Mary Deacon's presentation.

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