Coaching for Health and Safety
A Coaching Style of Management Improves Health and Safety
Creating “learning organizations” where people can learn from their mistakes without being judged is key to improving health and safety in the workplace and decreasing injury and illness. Health and safety coaching creates an environment of trust and ownership and leads to long-term success.
“Coaching is a great style of effective management.”
Ahmed Elbyaily, HSE Manager, Global Construction HSE at Linde Engineering. Linde Arabian Contracting Co Ltd, Saudi Arabia
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Coaching for Health and Safety is a 2-day training programme for leaders and managers which builds on the fundamental basis of coaching, that increased awareness leads to increased responsibility which, in turn, leads to continuous improvements and a sustainable learning environment.
“This programme gives our supervisors the skills required to create an environment of continuous improvement of health and safety.”
James Thieme, Continuous Improvement Co-ordinator, Linde AG, Germany
Does Safety Coaching Work?
How does the apparently “gentle” coaching method produce better and safer results in potentially risky situations? You might wonder if a modern person-centred coaching approach will expose the recipients to more risk than would a prescriptive approach and clear instructions about acceptable actions and safe practice. In reality the opposite is true. There is no doubt that safety coaching offers huge safety benefits in any field, yet the process defies the expectations of traditionalists who struggle to let go of old thinking and adopt new methods.
One of our areas of specialization is in developing higher safety standards through coaching. For example, to lower fatalities caused by young male drivers, we have partnered with the European Commission to promote the adoption of coaching as the primary method of driver education throughout Europe. This involves retraining 40,000 driving instructors to teach in a coaching way with the specific aim of reducing accidents caused by young males on the road. A disproportionate percentage of young, inexperienced male drivers cause road fatalities, not because they cannot control a car but because they become competitive, aggressive, distracted or they show off. This is subconscious reaction much of the time but, through being coached, they learn to make considered choices through higher awareness that are suitable for the prevailing circumstances and thus reduce the number of fatalities.
A Safety Coaching Approach Ensures Long-term Success
Performance Consultants works at the transformational level as opposed to the transactional level in order to create sustainable behavioural change for long-term success. We deliver in-house corporate programmes globally that are tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients.
“Most importantly, the result of this work shows in the safety statistics. Our recordable incident rate has fallen from 6 to 1 for the same calendar period.”
Global Programme Sponsor, Construction & Commissioning HSE, Linde Engineering Headquarters, Germany
The “Wow Factor”
Helping groups of leaders and managers to develop a coaching style of leadership requires specialized facilitation skills and expertise, consolidated by authentic coaching behaviours. Our approach to training is not a traditional classroom training. We call this “Experiential Coach Facilitation”. As the name suggests, the style is highly experiential and practical (versus theoretical), and takes advantage of Accelerated Learning Techniques and Adult Learning Theory.