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The top environmental, health, safety and sustainability conferences to attend this year

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/22/17 4:45 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE trends, HSE in Business, Leadership in HSE, HSE and Productivity, HSE, Conferences

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A third of the year’s already over, but there’s still a lot happening in health and safety this year, especially when it comes to key conferences you may want to consider attending. As we know, conferences can be overwhelming and leave you questioning if it was really worth it in the end. That said, a good conference can be a source of much-needed inspiration, provide unique networking opportunities and offer instant insights into your current challenges.

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Applying adult learning principles in workplace safety training

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/29/17 4:45 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in e-learning, HSE for employees, Leadership in HSE, HSE training

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We’ve covered how to implement a training-needs analysis. In the second of our blogs on rolling out HSE training in the workplace, we focus on the adult learning principles you’ll need to adopt for the training to be effective. The workers you want to train are adults, and adults share certain characteristics that make training more effective for them (or less effective if you ignore the characteristics). If your training recognises and respects these adult learning principles, it is likely to be more effective. If your training disregards these principles, you’re wasting training money. 

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The first step when rolling out HSE training

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/25/17 10:00 AM / by SAMTRAC posted in Corporate HSE, Leadership in HSE, HSE and Productivity, HSE training

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Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be unpacking eight steps – dedicating each blog to one of the eight, to drill down to exactly what will be required of you and your organisation when it comes to initiating your workplace safety training.

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Everyone’s responsible for work safety – but who’s liable?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/22/17 4:15 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Leadership in HSE, HSE training, Liability, HSE culture

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When safety fails at a company, who is to blame? The equipment that wasn’t working? The employee who wasn’t qualified to operate a forklift? Or the company owner who hasn’t signed off on the correct HSE training? As the following case studies show, leading a company includes leading by example. If your employees don’t implement the correct safety policies and procedures, it could put lives – and your freedom – at risk.

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How to train - and lead - millennials

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/18/17 5:15 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in millennials, Leadership in HSE, training

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Millennials. For some, the word conjures images of a spoiled, over-entitled generation with a need for instant gratification and a love of the superficial and disposable. The fact is, in global powerhouses such as the US, one in three people is a millennial. So, whatever your personal prejudices towards this generation, this reality fundamentally changes the workplace and how you manage your employees.

 

Companies now put more time and resources on increasing employee engagement, especially with millennials. Since increased engagement has a direct impact on revenue, it is a great investment. Employees who are engaged and connected to their work are more productive, focused, and stay longer.

 

While things like great coffee and volunteer programmes are great strategies for engaging millennials, the most effective approach still revolves around leadership. A bad manager is more likely to drive away an employee than company perks will ensure their loyalty. Gallup estimates 70% of employee engagement hinges on effective management.

 

Whatever the demographics of your workforce, what won’t change is your understanding that when it comes to co-ordinating training, a one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to work. What works for one employee may be completely ineffective for another. And this is most apparent when it comes to the different age groups within a workforce.

 

Today’s blog is in two parts – the first includes tips on how to train millennials, while the second showcases the experiences of seven executives and how they’ve learnt to lead millennials.

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The importance of leadership development and its cultural implications

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/9/16 9:00 AM / by Jiaqi Sun posted in Leadership in HSE

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 What is a leader? And what is leadership?

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3 principles to foster safety accountability – beginning with leadership

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/18/16 9:00 AM / by SAMTRAC posted in Leadership in HSE

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Achieving and sustaining an injury-free workplace demands strong leadership. As a leader, here’s what you need to know to guide your organisation to a world-class safety performance.

Discipline is a critical component of high-functioning safety systems. When you use it in the right way, it will

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