Let’s face it – safety meetings are typically boring and they rarely add anything of value that you didn’t already know. Yes, incidents are up. Training is down. Someone reported a trip hazard that really wasn’t a trip hazard. Summer is coming and heat illness will be an issue. On and on it goes.
So how do we change things up so we get real value and actually make some changes. Here’s my 5 tips for making your safety meetings better than ever.
Stop Focusing on Injuries and Incidents
Every boring safety committee focuses on the number of injuries and incidents. But those are just indicators of your poor safety program. Instead focus on finding the real problem. Not solving the problems, but find the right problem to solve. Think about it this way – when you are looking to purchase a vacuum cleaner you want to get the dirt off the floor. But what you should really be asking is how do we keep dirt from getting on the floor in the first place.
Hang Out with More Oddballs and Misfits
Sure the guy that builds his own computer is a little different and the 49 year-old that carves wood statues of Mickey Mouse may have a different perspective on life, but the point to take away here is that everyone has unique skills. Think the computer builder knows a thing or two about computer viruses or how to make a great safety website. Think the wood carver knows a thing or two about using the right tools, shop safety, etc. Bringing a diverse group of people together can really help get the juices flowing. And that’s what you want – some fresh perspectives on engaging your staff and employees.
Get out of your typical space. I can’t say this enough. Holding your safety committee meetings in the same cramped 10×12 white wall room is boring and it doesn’t provoke great thinking.
I use to hold meetings in an indoor racquetball court when I had trouble getting people to settle down and focus. Indoor racquetball courts are great for getting people to be polite, take turns and focus in on the speaker. Why? Because every little sound bounces off the walls like one of those little rubber balls and when a few people start talking you can’t hear a thing.
On the other hand, when I had a lifeless bunch, I would move the meetings to local parks, parking lots, dog parks, and the like.
The idea here is to get people standing up (it’s no secret that people do their best thinking on their feet) and moving around. Get them out of their boring environments where tons of distractions get in the way.
Making these 3 simple changes can enhance your safety meetings and add real value to your organization. I challenge you to give it a try.