Top-Down or Bottom-Up

January 13 2019
By: Terry L. Mathis

Should you start a new safety initiative at the top or the bottom of your organization? Should the leaders go first or should you begin with the workforce? Both are legitimate questions as long as you stress the word "start." Safety excellence is not isolated to one level of an organization. Top-Down or Bottom-Up Truly excellent organizations have a strategy developed by leaders, thorough communication from management, supervisors who regularly and effectively practice safety coaching, and a workforce that is engaged and feel a sense of ownership for safety. Where you start is a tactical decision, but where you need to end up should be the endgame of your safety strategy.

Terry L. Mathis

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.

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