‘A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.’ John Maxwell
In today’s competitive construction market, it’s important to have managers who build sustainable cultures where safety and health are woven seamlessly into the fabric of the business alongside efficiency, quality, and productivity. It’s no secret that you as a manager create culture, a culture will shape attitudes and behaviors, while attitudes and behaviors will further influence outcomes.
The safety and well-being of every worker and job site is at the core. Beyond this, a lack of safety awareness and compliance also has consequences for your business. Each year, accidents on the work site pull from the contractor’s bottom line. The direct cost of accidents is found in insurance premiums, deductibles, and direct payments.
Safety always has been an integral part of the construction industry, and today it has evolved into a resource for competitive organizations to be more efficient while simultaneously offering cost-reducing measures that benefit their business.
In addition, safety is no longer limited to compliance alone.
Safety leadership should be approached like any other business training, managers become equipped with the best skills and tools for success. It is vital to have leaders than managers. The approach can be boiled down to three key areas:
Leadership practices: What are your leadership qualities? How can you translate and leverage these to promote a culture of safety?
Efficient communication skills: What are the ways and means of communicating with positive results? Which communication method or style is appropriate for the situation?
Team building and the value of a strong team leader: How do teams cooperate? What role can a leader play in building and empowering teams to take your business to new heights?