How to Conduct a Successful Toolbox Talk Part 1
Toolbox talks may seem like a dull obligation to many construction industry professionals; however, they actually possess a great deal of potential. When done right, these informational talks are an excellent opportunity to protect your workers and your business.
Our Jacksonville construction attorneys help construction professionals prevent accidents and OSHA violations, and we also represent construction professionals after accidents have occurred in their workplace. We know the importance of prevention, so we are here to provide some insight on how to make the most of your toolbox talks.
Toolbox talks can often feel like stale, obligatory meetings. If you are tired of your employees’ complacency or perhaps even find the talks boring as you are delivering them, it is time to rethink your strategy.
Toolbox talks should not feel flat and formulaic. It’s easy for employees’ minds to drift if listening starts to feel like their least favorite class in school.
Be engaging and talk directly to your audience. Make eye contact and believe in your own authority. You can also mention relatable incentives, like how remaining safe and healthy enables employees to continue playing sports, going on family outings, and generally enjoying life. People are always more interested in a topic when they perceive it as something that affects them directly.
Make sure to ask questions, allow your employees to ask you questions, and utilize an engaging tone of voice. Include stories, anecdotes or even jokes; steer clear of monotone or staring at your notes for too long. Be genuine and enthusiastic!
That said, part of being engaging is also not getting too long-winded. Toolbox talks should be the perfect balance between getting all your points across and being brief enough that your employees don’t lose interest.
Utilize Visuals and Props
This is a great way to enhance the engagement discussed in the previous section. Conduct live demonstrations regarding relevant safety precautions. For example, you could have a worker put on a harness and go over what needs to be done to ensure that it is secure. Other interactive toolbox talks can include similar demonstrations, for example, proper lifting techniques, tool use, ladder positioning, and more.