The Answer? It’s all about your level of INFLUENCE. Influence + Trust + Value = SAFETY
Consider this definition of leadership: “Someone following someone because they want to and not because they have to.”
Last year, ACT’s management had the pleasure of having Garrison Wynn as the keynote speaker at a team meeting. Here’s a clip of one of Garrison’s presentations:
What we learned is that the #1 thing that all humans value is feeling valued.
Now I want you to imagine a job where the 10-page safety inspection you prepared isn’t appreciated, your additional safety efforts go unnoticed and you feel you could be replaced in an instant. Not exactly a place you’d want to put in additional effort, is it? As a manager, this isn’t the type of environment you want to encourage – not if you want your employees to be engaged and safe, that is. One of your most important responsibilities is making your employees feel truly valued. You should let them know that without them, you would be worse off because of their expertise in specific areas of safety that bring value to the company. But how do you do that on a daily basis?
At ACT, one manager that exemplifies this ethic is Keith Munnerlyn. Check out his picture above! Several members of our team were able to celebrate Keith and his wife’s birthday last week in Portland (both their birthdays fall in April, and both work out of our Portland office). Here are a few things I have found that Keith does to make his employees feel valued:
Each one of us in a position to take these approaches and lay the foundations of a sustainable safety culture!
– Krista Wood Harsono, Director of Compliance