Safety coaching and mentoring – listening is everything

In coaching listening is everything – the gateway through which all coaching passes according to the authors of Co-Active Coaching. They describe three levels of listening as follows: – Level l listening is the sort of commonplace, everyday listening we all experience; as you listen there’s an inner voice providing a personal narrative to accompany that of the talker. “Mm, that’s interesting, that reminds me of when I …”, “I wonder why she did that, I think I’d have …”, “When my chance comes, I’ll tell them the story about when I …” It’s listening from a personal perspective and it doesn’t lend itself to good coaching. A coach listening at level l is preoccupied with his/her own thoughts and judgments and is prone to direct the conversation according to his/her own agenda rather than that of the coachee. Coaching should be all about the coachee. Read more here To find out about how you can improve your effectiveness through better coaching skills call 01706 217122 or 07921914099...

How often should an organisation conduct a statutory compliance audit?

I’ve been pleasantly surprised recently by the rare foresightedness of a client organisation. Having received a prohibition notice and a stern letter from the HSE many companies would have responded by doing what needed to be done to dispense with the enforcement notice and little else; breathing a sigh of relief that they’d gotten away without worse. This company however has decided to go back to first principles and adopt an altogether more holistic approach. And it’s not as though they’ve got deep pockets either – they can’t afford a full-time safety adviser. The strategy is to use a specialist on a part-time basis – a very part-time basis – to complement their own resources. The first step is to conduct a compliance audit to determine their present status i.e. which regulations apply to them and what are their priorities? What are the things they really need to get a grip of to sleep at night? We’ll be doing that over the next couple of weeks and from it will follow questions about policy and training requirements etc. and all of the other good stuff including routine auditing. So, back to the question. Is a statutory compliance audit a one-off, complemented then with routine audits of compliance against policy? Or is it something an organisation should do...

So you can’t afford a full-time safety adviser?

It’s a familiar cry and all too often the reason why business leaders do too little to protect themselves, their organisations and their employees. The fact is that most small businesses, and some medium size ones, probably don’t need a full-time safety practitioner. What you need is someone who’ll understand you and your particular circumstances and who has the knowledge and understanding to help you: – Step 1 determine which regulations apply to you and what your priorities are; Step 2 assess who needs to do what; Step 3 understand what the training requirements are in your organisation and how they can be met; Step 4 identify and control the risks in your business; Step 5 measure how well you’re doing; and Step 6 develop a way of checking that things are happening as they should. At which point you’ll probably be able to manage alone with minimal on-going support. Inertia is a terrible thing. Please don’t let it be the reason for you and your organisation to suffer the legal, financial and reputational damage others do. If all you do is step 1 and implement your priorities, you’ll have taken a big step and you’ll sleep more soundly. Call (0044) 01706217122 or (0044) 07921914099 for more...

FREE Coaching sessions in August

If you’ve experienced coaching with a qualified coach, you’ll appreciate it for what it really is and you’ll know that coaching is more than demonstrating an ability you have to others. Much more. If you haven’t experienced it – now is your opportunity to try – free of charge. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), coaching is a development technique based on the use of discussions to enhance the skills, knowledge or work performance of an individual. As a coach my role is to support you in your exploration of whatever topic it is that you wish to discuss, with a view to achieving whatever goal it is you would like to achieve. During August I’m offering a 1-hour, face-to-face coaching session to any member of the East Lancashire IOSH District LinkedIn Group – free of charge. If you’re interested, all you have to do is: – 1. decide the topic – it needn’t be health and safety related but it should be a real-life issue (this isn’t role play); 2. decide the goal for the session; and 3. contact me to agree an appointment and venue. This is a genuine offer and I’ll be delighted to hear from...