How to bridge the gap between yourself and your key leaders to gain health and safety traction

11 July 2022

For health and safety professionals all over the world, the transfer of knowledge from themselves to their Boards and business leaders can be a tough journey. In the world of health and safety, the analysis of data, risk, and many other factors are part of your everyday workload. But for C-suite teams, health and safety can seem foreign and confusing, especially when presented with data that isn’t consumable. 


Making your everyday, their everyday 

Those in decision-making positions are not necessarily those dealing with the implications of health and safety on a day-to-day basis. And yet they are in charge of making broader decisions for the organisation that directly impacts upon the health and safety outcomes you’re striving to achieve. 

For those who haven't come into regular contact with health and safety before, it can be daunting and overwhelming. Money and finance exist on paper, while health and safety involves the livelihoods of employees, company culture, and potential real-world consequences.  

We know that at the heart, health and safety isn’t about the numbers, but the people and their wellbeing. That’s why it’s critical that information can be passed along, so decisions can be made that will positively impact the livelihoods of those in the organisation. 

On top of the human aspect of health and safety, legal obligations also bring a lot of weight, but are often an area with little Director knowledge. As you go through the process of getting Director buy-in, it’s key to provide information in a way that can gain effective and efficient buy-in. Presenting data in a format that provides context and the use of strong story-telling will all help to connect your Board to the realities of the insights you share. 


Making decision-making easier 

As health and safety professionals, you’re there to help them make the right decisions. This means providing them with information in a format that will allow them to have confidence in their decision-making process. 

When Boards and Directors are presented with information that isn’t consumable, it can lead to frustration amongst health and safety professionals due to a lack of understanding. This can result in the Board failing to make decisions, put steps in place, and/or the wrong steps being taken. This is why insights are the heart of Board reports and how we make health and safety data more consumable.  


The power and importance of insights 

Insights are key to decision making, as they allow those who may not understand the data or the expertise, to make decisions based on your knowledge. Insights are the facts upon which decisions are made. Even outside of health and safety, insights are what makes the world go round and inspire new ideas. 

When it comes to creating traction in the decision-making process, there’s a significant risk of groupthink, particularly when the Board may not have all the capabilities they need. If Boards and management are not confident in the information put in front of them, this can lead to decision-making based on the assumption that others know better, instead of clarification around what is being presented. 

Place easy-to-understand and thought-provoking information in front of a Board, and the response you’ll get will be vastly different. 


Creating the right space for facts vs. assumption 

Across all of these issues, there is an opportunity for health and safety professionals to take the first step in creating a space where facts are at the heart of decision-making. As we’ve mentioned, consumable data and insights is one of the first steps in providing a space where Boards feel they are making decisions based on the information put in front of them, instead of you providing a solution and hoping they’ll see your vision. 

With health and safety, only one aspect of business, business leaders across the board want to make decisions with good intentions and outcomes, which is far easier done with the help of valuable insights and physical facts. 

With time, the aim is to allow the Board to become just as passionate about health and safety as you are. One business at a time, there is a huge opportunity for health and safety professionals to make their passions accessible for all. 

One way you can move towards creating this space is by harnessing tools like Safe365, with the ability to present with insights in a consistent and tangible manner. With the adoption of Safe365’s health and safety maturity roadmap, you’ll be able to create a space where your Board feels comfortable with your goals and objectives and that they are part of the journey to health and safety maturity. 

To hear more about health and safety with Boards, watch Nathan Hight, co-founder of Safe365, present as part of an IIRSM webinar, by clicking the link below: 

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