As a safety professional, every workplace should have safety goals that they are working toward every year. Maybe you update them every three months, every six months, or once per year – but you have to have goals in place. In this episode, I’m going to walk you through the steps I use to set 2020 business goals for safety success.  

First, we start by discussing a few things that you SHOULDN’T do:

  • Create Unachievable Goals: When you make your goals way too hard to meet, you are likely going to beat yourself up when you don’t meet them. Take a step back and set achievable goals.
  • Set Goals When You Have No Control Over the Outcome: If you can’t control the outcome of whatever goal you and your management team sets for the business, that goal will not be successful.
  • Set Goals for Numbers instead of Activity: You can’t control how many accidents happen in your workplace because there’s a human factor involved, so when you set goals based on the numbers rather than on a specific activity, you are likely to see that goal fail.

On the flip side, there are some things you SHOULD do for successful goals:

  • Combine Long-Term Goals and Short-Term Goals: When you set a long-term goal by itself your team will lose interest if they don’t see the rewards. Instead, break that larger goal into smaller, short-term goals so you and everyone you work with can celebrate the wins along the way.
  • Set Goals Above and Beyond Your Current Activities: Routines are not goals and they won’t move your program forward. For successfulgoals, pick something to aim for that is above and beyond what you do each day.
  • Aim for Continuous Improvement: Goal setting is continuous improvement to make you just a little bit better. It doesn’t have to be a giant leap, it can be a tiny baby step better.

So, how do you create safety goals for your business? Listen in to the episode and I’ll give you my step-by-step process for success!

Take Action

Are you ready to crush it in 2020? If so, it’s time to get started. Follow my process to outline those goals, but remember: you can’t choose your goals by yourself. You can’t choose your goals with your regional safety manager either. Your management team has to be part of the decision making process or they won’t be excited about meeting those goals and making real change in 2020.

Highlights From This Episode:

  • Focus on continuous improvement
  • What a goal is
  • What a goal is not
  • How trending affects your goals

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I would love to hear what your plans are for safety in 2020. Do you have a process that works for you? Are you planning to implement these strategies for your workplace? Continue this conversation by leaving a comment below.

Also – if you have a BSF (Best Safety Friend) that might be interested in help with setting their 2020 business goals, will you share this episode with them? I know they’ll thank you for it!

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Hi, I'm Brye (rhymes with sky)!  I am a self-proclaimed safety geek with two decades of general industry safety experience.  Specializing in bringing safety programs to a world-class level and building a safety culture, I have trained and coached many safety managers, just like you, on how to effectively manage workplace safety in the real world.   I would love to help you too.

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