Designing executive incentives that support safe and healthy work can be tricky. When there is an unavoidable tension between the strategic goals, processes or activities (e.g. production targets and health and safety targets), management needs to clearly identify and actively reinforce their highest priority. So how do you ensure that the priority is health and safety, where there’s a conflict with production / profit? Here are three factors for your consideration when designing executive incentives.
In this week’s video I talk about why we often see significant events as something unique; that is, we try to find some quirk or practice that can separate us from those who have erred or failed. The risk is that we don’t learn or see the red flags in our own organisation.
Most organisations after a tragedy will focus on updating the safety management system, but there will be a point when the system looks good on paper, but the board will still be at risk of influencing adverse events if members don’t understand what creating safety really involves, and their role in it. In this video I outline some key principles that should be in any board members’ professional development in safety leadership and governance.
The coroner’s report into the Dreamworld tragedy highlights significant gaps in the competency of workers and technical experts, but nothing on the competency of the board. In Part 1 of this 2-part series I look at the coroner’s comments of a careless and negligent board and dive into whether the board was actually careless or was it more a lack of competency in safety leadership and governance?
This week I’m exploring the Costa Concordia case and a common misconception that prevents us from really understanding safety.