EHSMeetUp! is specifically designated for company executives, directors, and senior managers to have discussions concerning EHS issues and challenges directly with first-line supervisors and workers. The first-line supervisors directly supervise and coordinate the activities of their subordinates including production and operations workers, mostly hourly employees that are not involved in the day-to-day decision-making or planning process.
The supervisor is the most influential person to the rest of the workers, who are generally the largest group in the workforce. Recordable incidents and injuries often occur within this group of the workforce. Unfortunately, several organizations have missed the opportunity to prevent workplace incidents through the development of an effective leadership-employee engagement initiative such as our EHSMeetUp! Program.
EHSMeetUp! can be conducted at any time, either on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. The top-most EHS Program Coordinator must plan the meetings with supervisors, managers, human resources, and company executives to ensure that the meet-up times works best for everyone.
The EHSMeetUp! could either be scheduled or unscheduled and must account for shift workers. EHS GRADES requires companies participating in the program to develop an EHSMeetUp! plan and incorporate it into the company's EHS policy and programs.
All company employees and executives are encouraged to participate in the EHSMeetUp! sessions. Shutting down of operation or production is not essential for an EHSMeetUp! to take place. In most cases, company executives could discuss with some employees on a one-on-one basis. Meetup provides an opportunity for company leaders to freely interact with the front-line workers that they do not normally interact with on a regular basis.
The decision on which location or worksite to visit for an EHSMeetUp! session is entirely up to the company decision-makers. EHS GRADES recommends that company leaders and executives visit areas where their interaction with the workforce would make the greatest impact.
The development of effective leadership-employee work-related interactive practices such as EHSMeetUp! produces a lot of benefits. We work with our members that are enrolled in the program and their organizational leadership to adopt and implement a culture of engagement with their supervisors and front-line employees. This is perhaps, the greatest untapped opportunity for businesses to improve their performance and profitability.
Without programs like EHSMeetUp!, the benefits of continuous improvements and EHS GRADES vision of "zero incidents in the workplace" may never be achievable when workers become uninterested, disengaged and disenfranchised. EHSMeetUp! provides the following benefits.
EHSMeetUp! creates "happy executives, managers and employees." When leaders have an understanding of the EHS-related issues and challenges that are most meaningful to employees, the management can work towards creating a more motivated, safe, healthy, and high-performing workforce.
Committing to EHSMeetUp! provides a workplace EHS culture that’s open, transparent, and proactive. Employees thrive, stay longer on their jobs, develop a sense of belonging, become adequately trained, become more aware of unsafe acts and conditions, which reduces workplace illnesses, injuries, and incidents at all levels of the organization
Your company can participate in the EHSMeetUp! Program by becoming an EHS GRADES member client and registering on our website. Employees from participating companies are encouraged to share their experiences, stories, comments, testimonials, or suggestions for improvement of the EHSMeetUp! Program. EHS GRADES publishes comments on a monthly basis on our website.