Safetip #83: Share & Communicate Results from Leading Indicators

June 14, 2017
By Jean-Grégoire Manoukian

This week’s Safetip is about the importance of sharing and communicating results from leading indicators throughout the organization. Unlike lagging indicators that measure final outcomes (injuries, days away from work, etc.), leading indicators measure proactive, preventative, and predictive actions, which allows organizations to continuously improve their safety performance.

Create a Feedback Loop by Sharing Results

According to a user guide on Leading Indicators for Workplace Health and Safety published by the Ministry of Labour of the Canadian province of Alberta, the success that your organization will obtain from using leading indicators will be determined by how effectively you communicate the results.

It’s important to actively and openly share your findings with all levels of the organization, including executives and senior management that make decisions about how resources have been and will be allocated in the future, line management, supervisors and workers who will be responsible for introducing and implementing any operational changes.

Sharing results allows to create a feedback loop that informs, confirms and reinforces the value of the organization’s investment and commitment in tracking leading indicators.

Create a Sense of Ownership

While lagging indicators measure what has already happened, leading indicators measure an organization’s occupational safety and health (OSH) performance in action, the user guide says. This means that leading indicators measure the contributions made by workers to the OSH management process. Therefore, by communicating the results of those efforts, you can acknowledge the contributions made by workers and further motivate them.

Sharing the results from leading indicators allows workers to see the value of their efforts, and how their individual performance contributes to promote workplace safety and health. This in turn creates a sense of ownership leading to a desire to drive continuous improvement.

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