For-safety-blog-300x216By Don Spenthoff, ContXt VP – We all take shortcuts every once in a while. But when it comes to safety, there are no acceptable shortcuts in the workplace or anywhere else.

To help improve its safety culture, one energy company recently partnered with ContXt Corporation to ensure safety is a value and not an afterthought. As a result, all stakeholder groups – managers, employees and business partners – are working together so no one gets hurt.

Now reporting of and communicating about near misses is encouraged so everyone can learn from any mistakes. Peer checking, post-job reviews and other actions or tools are utilized to help promote a safe work environment. And safety training is targeted and more important than ever.

ContXt played a part in communicating a consistent message at the company and making sure everyone understands what a top priority safety is. We developed Meeting-in-a-Box materials so facilitators could lead meaningful group discussions about improving the company’s safety culture and behaviors.

Communicating Behaviors

Culture change does not happen overnight. Everyone needs to be on the same page through the entire transformation process, and ContXt tailors its mainstay Meeting-in-a-Box for each organization and project to help them along.

With this energy customer, we developed a Meeting-in-a-Box for groups of six to eight people to discuss safety. Materials include:

A large visual map that illustrates an overview of the content and a paper copy for each participant with key information.
Card exercises that provide data and information, as well as keep participants engaged in the discussion.
A dialogue guide to lead participants through the learning process and encourage them to share their thoughts.
Safety Culture

Our Meeting-in-a-Box materials can be used to both promote discussions and reinforce behaviors. As part of the group discussions at the company, participants are asked to fill out a personal commitment card to hone in on what they can do to support a workplace culture where no one gets hurt.

Our customer is well on the way to achieving its vision of having an absolutely safe workplace. We’re pleased we could help make that happen.

Is your workplace going through a culture transformation? What have you done to make sure everyone understands what is going on? Please share your experiences in the comments below.

Don Spenthoff is vice president of operations at ContXt Corporation, a management consulting firm based in suburban Toledo, Ohio. ContXt helps organizations achieve strategic objectives by translating big concepts — including strategic plans, culture shifts and process changes — with simple, effective communications tools. For more information about ContXt, please visit