Brighton team members can always rely on each other when things are going well and when they’re not. In fact, it’s those not-so-good times when the internal support system is perhaps most important.
Employee teamwork is the foundation upon which the Human Performance Improvement tool Employee Intervention is based. It’s also a critical component of our continued efforts toward enhancing Brighton’s culture of safety. Brighton’s emphasis on Employee Intervention also aligns with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s imperative that employees play a key role in discovering and controlling hazards that may develop, or already exist, in the workplace.
Working Together for the Safety of Everyone
Employee Intervention encourages every team member to stop an unsafe activity that they witness. Employees are asked to correct what’s wrong, coach a teammate toward improved work practices or communicate the situation with a supervisor. Just as importantly, they are expected to present the intervention in a way that will be welcomed, without being confrontational.
A few things to consider if you witness something that might compromise safety:
- It’s everyone’s obligation to stop unsafe activity. Don’t leave it to someone else. It might not get noticed until it’s too late.
- Correct the behavior on the spot when possible. If you know a better method, share it with those involved.
- When necessary, take the time to coach your teammates toward improved behavior. Relating your experience can raise the performance of the whole team.
- Communicate the status of the situation with a supervisor. Leadership will be able to offer appropriate guidance for everyone on the team.
- Pointing out an unsafe practice will not be seen as a negative. Everyone wants the same thing to get better together.
- Reports should be respectful, not confrontational. Everyone at Brighton is on the same team, and all employees should support each other.
For more information about Brighton’s use of HPI tools, please visit our safety page.