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By Kelly Hamilton, Madison Hanscom, & Josh Williams It is not uncommon for leaders – who are pulled in many directions at once – to take shortcuts when it comes to safety. This can be detrimental, however, to safety culture and employees’ safety behaviors. In fact, research has shown that when employees perceive their leaders are not acting in ways that align with the company’s stated safety values, it leads to a decrease in safety compliance, a decrease in prioritization of avoiding accidents, and an increase in injuries.  Leaders who effectively “walk the talk” demonstrate to employees that their safety is the

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. In this time of trouble, leaders need to be more transparent than ever managing the complexities of business. This includes open dialogue about the state of the organization, current challenges, and plans moving forward. Employees are understandably anxious about their health, the well-being of loved ones, and the security of their own jobs. Failure to openly communicate how the organization is navigating these rough waters is a failure of leadership. In some cases, leaders need to simply acknowledge they don’t have all the answers for what’s ahead. They also need to demonstrate they’re doing everything they can

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There’s an old aphorism that is apocryphally attributed to Abraham Lincoln, which deals with the subject of cutting down a tree. ‘Give me six hours to chop down a tree,’ the saying goes, ‘and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.’ Various other versions of the saying exist, changing the times involved, but all with the same central thesis: use the majority of the time allotted to prepare for the task. Lincoln – or whomever the anonymous woodcutter at the root of this statement is – has oft been credited with an insightful observation about the necessity of planning,

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By Martin Royal In Part 1 of this blog series on training transfer, I introduced various strategies that trainees can adopt to help themselves apply what they learned in training to their work. In Part 2, I presented ideas that leaders can implement to improve the transfer of learning back into the workplace. In Part 3, we will explore the Structural dimensions of our Safe Production Model and how they apply to training transfer strategies. These structural dimensions are the physical or organizational elements of your workplace that encourage this work. The structural dimensions of your organization may include actual training transfer practices, equipment

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By Kelly Cave and Madison Hanscom While the act of social distancing is crucial in reducing the spread of COVID-19, being separated from human contact can have detrimental effects on mental health and overall wellbeing. The reason people struggle with isolation is because humans evolved as social beings. In other words, we form groups and organizations that extend beyond our individual selves and these groups help us survive. When we are deprived from the social interactions we have evolved to become dependent upon, we become socially isolated. Social isolation has been studied by psychologists for decades, and findings are consistent: isolation has

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By Stephanie Monge-Sherman While your leadership team may be in crisis mode and navigating the best decisions for your people and the business, management is pivoting their teams and adapting leadership styles to a remote workforce. As noted in Part One of this blog series, effective communication is crucial to coaching employees--but remote coaching strategies do not end there. A truly successful approach to remotely coaching a workforce also involves bolstering the mental vitality of your team for better productivity and overall happiness. 6 More Tips for Impactful Coaching Communication With Your Remote Workforce See Part One With this aim in mind, here are

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