July 22 2018
By: Terry L. Mathis
When new employees are oriented and trained, are they also exposed to and invited into the safety culture? In leading organizations, new employees are not simply taught the rules and procedures of their new jobs, but also taught how to be a productive member of the culture. They are told how this culture thinks about and addresses risks in the workplace, how they interact with each other and watch out for each other, and how they seek to continuously improve their safety performance.
New employees get the feeling they are joining a winning team, not just starting a new job. Safety cultures can be either enriched or diluted by new people entering them. Take the time to include culture in the new-employee orientation.
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.