Top management may communicate their support for safety, but the real test for commitment is the degree to which management acts on their commitment with serious investments in time and money. When management merely communicates their interest in safety, but does not follow through with action, they are expressing moral support, not commitment.
Leaders Get What They Give!
Real commitment is an expression of tough-caring leadership by example. Integrity, character, and self-discipline are values that all managers seek in their employees. Employees will demonstrate these important attributes when (and only when) they see management exhibiting these values first.
Great leaders truly care about those they lead. What better way to demonstrate leadership than by providing a safe and healthful place of work for all employees.
Just food for thought: If you’re a manager or supervisor, ask yourself, “Do I really like my people?” If the answer isn’t yes, start now to rethink your opinion because it’s almost impossible to demonstrate caring leadership if you don’t like your people.
“We choose to have zero injuries. We choose to have zero injuries this day and do this, not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, because we care for ourselves and others too.” S. Farnham, Safety Manager, Contrack, International