Sports lessons for EHS pros

Game #7: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers.

It should be a good one. These two teams have reached the pinnacle of the baseball world. Although the players are the first-line “employees” that have the burden of “bringing home the hardware”, it was a collective effort by the ENTIRE organization to put these two teams in a WINNING position.

Managers: if it were not for your employees, you would not be where you are today. Employees: if your management was not committed to your success, you would not be where you are today. RESPECT EARNS RESPECT; RESULTS PRODUCE RESULTS.

Quite a few articles compare safety and health professionals to coaches, and many occupational safety and health programs use sports themes to build teamwork, tap the power of competition and raise awareness of performance areas and metrics. Are these programs missing the mark?

The downside of sports analogies for occupational safety and health (OHS) programs is that they sometimes miss the big picture. If we focus exclusively on coaching theories, our annual “Health and Wellness MVP” award or how our department can win the “Super Bowl of Safety,” we may forget that health and safety performance ultimately depends on and benefits the entire organization, not just a few spotlighted individuals.

The same is true in professional sports. Plenty of smart coaches and star players never win a championship, while great organizations achieve excellence year after year regardless of personnel and other challenges. So let’s take the sports-OHS analogy to the next level and explore how the organizational components that drive great sports franchises parallel key areas separating OHS champions from the rest of the pack.

The coaches: OHS director, VP of EHS…

The players: employees

For more, read the rest of my article in EHSToday, Sports Lessons for EHS Professionals: Organization-Wide Effort Drives Results. And, be sure to let me know what you think in the comment section of this post. Can’t wait to read your comments.

 

 

Sports lessons for EHS pros

Game #7: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers.

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