When it comes to understanding people and their behaviour in environments where safety plays a business-critical role, we are leading industry experts.
More than a decade’s worth of research has led us to develop the Safety Agility Graph and the Safety Agility Diagnostic Model. Together, these measurements enable companies to manage their journey towards an agile safety culture with insight and ease. The business value of mapping safety accurately, is that safety agility can be strategically managed.
WHAT IS SAFETY AGILITY?
Safety Agility is dynamic and shaped by two predominant influences, Safety Vigilance and Safety Mindset. Both of these aspects are measurable. Simply put, they show what we believe and think about safety (mindset) and how we act towards safety (vigilance).
SAFETY VIGILANCE - BEYOND MERE RESILIENCE
Safety vigilance describes the move towards a more proactive approach to safety, where compliance is leveraged to make a real and lasting impact. Employees also work together to drive continuous safety improvements while looking after their own and others’ safety. The elements of safety vigilance allow us to determine the organisation’s readiness to embrace safety as an intrinsic core value.
SAFETY MINDSET - THE HEART AND MIND OF SAFETY
Safety mindset describes the organisational factors that shape our thinking with regards to safety. For example, how the quality of interactions amongst employees and with their supervisor’s drive, employees’ work-life experiences, or the safety climate. As the levels of workforce engagement and safety inclusiveness making up the safety climate become entrenched, an organisation’s safety culture is formed. Together, these elements allow us to determine the overall safety mindset within an organisation, reflecting the trueness of working relationships, employee morale and ownership towards safety.
When these aspects are found to be in balance, an organisation is squarely positioned in the growth channel towards a safety culture that is agile. And this is an exciting place to be.
Why? Because Safety Agility increases the likelihood that employees will engage in critical safe behaviours and resist pressures to take shortcuts, and in so doing, contribute to a reduction in behaviour-related safety incidents. We’ve seen first-hand how having a safer, more engaged and involved workforce, improves more than just safety. Over time, production and quality indicators begin to shift as well.
PLOTTING SAFETY AGILITY
A company with an Agile Safety Culture reflects a work environment that unlocks inspiration, because employees feel supported to act safely. Team morale is positive, and collaboration and compliance is an inherent and natural part of everyday working life. Given that opportunities to participate in, and be involved in safety-related matters is part and parcel of the culture.
There is a high level of ownership for safety, resulting in it being internalised as a guiding value in and outside of the workplace. People continuously find new ways to be proactive in driving safety on an individual and team level to curb behavioural complacency, indicating their responsibility and commitment to a safe and meaningful workplace and community. There are high levels of trust among individuals, teams, and units who are evaluated.