Speak up! & Listen Up! Two Simple Processes to Improve Safety Culture
Too many employees withhold their safety concerns because they’re afraid of the consequences of speaking up and many of us misconstrue concern as criticism. Speak Up! and Listen Up! prepare both parties, the messenger and the receiver, to handle safety-related feedback respectfully and work together to develop solutions. Don’t let another safety contact end badly; too much is at stake.
Mike Williamsen, PhD, CSP
Mike is a nationally recognized workplace safety consultant with more than 25 years of safety and business change management experience. His background includes serving in Engineering, Operations, and Safety Manager positions for companies such as Frito-Lay, Inc. and General Dynamics. In 1985, Mike teamed with safety author Dr. Dan Petersen for three years to develop and implement a nationwide safety accountability and continuous improvement system that helped a Fortune 20 company reduce injuries by 80% within two years. Since that time Mike has applied these and other high-impact safety principles with similar success to other Fortune 500 companies, such as General Dynamics, Baxter Healthcare, ATCO Electric, Rohm and Haas Co., and BASF. He received his academic degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.S.), California State University, Hayward (MBA) and Columbia Southern University, Orange Coast, Alabama (Ph.D., Business).
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