Make 2020 Your Year for the Perfect Vision Statement

Does your vision statement set the tone for how your company, your EHSQ function, and your employees should think and act moving forward? 

If not, you might be ignoring an opportunity to integrate EHS with operational excellence efforts at your organization. 

Earlier this year, Intelex Technologies, where I am a vice president and practice lead for safety and health, was acquired by Industrial Scientific Corp. (ISC). 

Not long after assuming leadership of Intelex, Justin McElhattan, president of ISC and its subsidiaries, shared the vision for the companies he oversees. “We are here to dedicate our careers to eliminating death on the job by the year 2050,” McElhattan declared. 

His statement was not elaborate, but it was clear, concise, and set the tone for how the companies and employees are to think and act moving forward. Metaphorically speaking, Justin McElhattan did not just communicate a corporate vision, but our true north star; the fixed destination for the next three decades. It’s clear, concise, laser-focused, sets direction, and is motivating for me as a safety and health professional. 

Achieving such a lofty vision likely will require a portfolio of connected solutions to end workplace fatalities. Our role, as employees, is to get out of bed every morning and focus on making that corporate vision happen and to do it in our lifetime. 

Think about your vision statement. Does it offer guidance, direction, and focus? When you read your vision statement, do you recognize your safety values and understand how safety factors into your organization? 

If you’re thinking about creating a vision statement or updating one you already have, then download the Intelex Insight Report, “20/20 Vision: Using Vision Statements to Drive Operational Excellence.” We can help you craft a vision statement that will offer value to your organization and place the EHSQ function firmly into efforts to achieve operational excellence. 

This report will provide the following guidance: 

  • Help you determine what you want to achieve with your vision statement and help you craft one that is laser-focused. 
  • Offer a description of a good vision statement. 
  • Provide tips to gain engagement and endorsement at all levels of the organization for the vision statement. 
  • Explain the benefit of communicating with value. 
  • Reveal why vision statements matter. 
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About Scott Gaddis

Scott Gaddis leads the integration of the Intelex EHSQ Alliance in thought leadership and building partnerships with top influencers in EHS, working with professionals across the globe to deliver a platform for sharing information and collectively driving solutions that mitigate workplace loss. Scott has more than 25 years in EHS leadership experience in heavy manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and packaging. Before joining Intelex, Scott served as Vice President, EHS for Coveris High Performance Packaging, Executive Director of EHS at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Global Leader for Occupational Safety and Health at Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

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