Viridor is coaching for safety

There’s a bit of a buzz about Coaching for safety at waste management giant Viridor. Word tends to get around when managers say things like “it was certainly the most enjoyable and valuable training I’ve had in several years”. The objective ultimately for Viridor is to improve their safety culture. In that they’re not alone – an interdependent culture in which employees look out for each other and help each other conform is the Holy Grail for many organisations – but what’s extraordinary about Viridor is the importance they place on coaching skills. Where others would simply sign up to a behavioural safety initiative, Viridor are investing in communication skills and relationships – both vitally important pre-requisites of a successful behavioural safety implementation. Coaching for safety was originally designed for safety practitioners but Viridor have put a number of their management team through the course believing that if they’re to get the safety culture they want: – i. all managers and supervisors need to be de facto safety advisers; and ii. employees will only feel valued and become engaged if their managers and supervisors are less directive and more     supportive in their approach. It helps when COO for Energy, Philip Piddington is a keen advocate of coaching and a skilled coach himself. Phil invested two days of his valuable time to join one of the courses in Taunton and is determined that delegates habitualise their new skills. He likens coaching to driving a car; what seems simple at first glance turns out to be subtly complex, but with practice it becomes second nature. We’re thrilled to be supporting Viridor’s initiative...

Sold Out – Again

We’re delighted that at a time when open courses are notoriously difficult to fill, another IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course has sold-out. It’s another clear indication – if one were needed – of the value safety people are increasingly placing on soft-skills. So what is it about Coaching for safety that it is rapidly becoming ‘the’ must-attend safety event? Firstly, it’s unlike any other safety course, designed as it is to help delegates be collaborative and supportive rather than directive. And because it’s not a technical course, it’s a real leveler; Heads of Safety sit next to safety novices, sit next to non-safety managers and there’s no telling whose communication skills will be strongest. Coaching for safety attracts delegates from all sectors which makes for a vibrant, learning environment. Imagine a class where, as was recently the case, there are delegates from food manufacturing, event management, medical research, university education, a county council and 2 freelance practitioners, all in the same room! The content is relevant no matter where you practice your safety. It is highly-participative. We contact every delegate before the event and ask them to think about and decide the topics they will bring for several exercises including the live coaching sessions – there are no contrived scenarios and absolutely no role-play. And last but not least, it’s great fun and people find it both enjoyable and really worthwhile. We’re delighted with all the testimonials we’ve received, many of which we’ve included on this website, but what’s really special is when delegates choose to write to us privately, with their own case-studies, explaining the difference these new...