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Are Safety Shares at Meetings a Hit or a Miss?

are safety shares a hit or miss
Safety Share

We've all seen it: the designated "safety moment" at the start of a meeting. A hush falls over the room, followed by an awkward pause... or a rushed spiel about some obscure regulation or something they seen on the drive to work. But are these brief safety snippets actually worthwhile, or just a time-waster?

The truth is, like most things in life, it depends. Safety shares can be powerful tools for fostering awareness, communication, and a culture of safety within your organisation. However, if not done right, they can fall flat and leave everyone wondering, "Was that even necessary?".

The Upsides of Safety Sharing

  • Heads Up!: Timely hazards or specific risks relevant to the meeting's agenda get the spotlight, keeping everyone on their toes.

  • Talk it Out: Open communication about safety concerns is encouraged, breaking down barriers and building trust.

  • Learning from Each Other: Sharing experiences and insights leads to peer learning and a stronger safety net within the team.

  • Staying Sharp: Regular reminders of safety procedures and protocols keep everyone focused on safe practices.

But What About the Downsides?

  • Silence is Deafening: Awkward pauses and lack of participation can make the whole thing feel forced and pointless.

  • Surface Skimming: Rushing through complex safety issues without in-depth discussion leaves everyone with superficial knowledge.

  • Ticking Clock: Taking up valuable meeting time with poorly planned shares disrupts the flow and frustrates attendees.

  • Sharing Uncomfortably: Not everyone feels comfortable publicly discussing personal experiences or raising concerns.

Making Safety Shares Shine

So, how do you turn those awkward silences into engaging discussions that actually make a difference? Here's the magic formula:

  1. Prep Like a Pro: Choose a relevant topic, prepare visuals or questions, and make sure your content is informative and engaging.

  2. Keep it Short and Sweet: Aim for 5-10 minutes max and stick to one focused topic. You don't need to lecture, just spark the conversation.

  3. Get Everyone Involved: Encourage participation through open-ended questions and create a safe space for sharing and discussion.

  4. Mix it Up!: Variety is key! Use different speakers, case studies, or interactive activities to keep the format fresh and attention-grabbing. I once implemented a share about "what was one thing about their job that others didn't know about", it turned into a passion piece about the various roles at that organisation and created a lot of discussion after the meeting.

  5. Don't Just Talk, Act: Address any concerns raised and ensure appropriate action is taken on suggestions. Show that you're not just talking the talk, but walking the walk.

By investing in thoughtful planning, engaging delivery, and a clear purpose, you can transform safety shares from a dreaded formality into a valuable tool for building a safer, more aware, and connected work environment. Remember, valid safety share isn't just a box to tick - it's a conversation worth having. So, let's get talking!

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