L2L: How To Have a Productive Dialogue with Senior Leadership

Leaders Productive Dialog
In this episode, our Health & Safety leaders discuss how to create a productive dialogue around health and safety with senior leadership.

Health and Safety is changing. It is now more complex and dynamic than ever. In addition to traditional concerns over safety, today’s professionals must deal with everything from individual mental wellbeing to global environmental citizenship. It is anything but simple.

In episode 8, we hear that while one of the greatest challenges faced by Health & Safety leaders is how to communicate with senior corporate leadership in a meaningful, productive way, it also is one of the most productive things an HSE professional can learn to do.

Paul Darby, Global Head of Health & Safety – DHL Global Forwarding, counseled, “If you have an overall business strategy, don’t have a safety strategy that looks completely different.” Make sure your safety strategy lines up with the business strategy, he said, “because then senior management will buy into it.”

Wim Koster, Head of Global Safety, KONE, added that if senior leaders feel that they can drive and influence safety, you’ll achieve buy-in from them and they’ll become allies in driving safety throughout the organization.

Whatever you do, make certain that time spent talking to senior leadership about HSE has value for both them and you. James Pomeroy, Group Health, Safety, Environment and Security Director, Lloyd’s Register, suggested that only reporting lagging indicators like injuries and illnesses is not the most meaningful conversation to have with leadership.

“A conversation about where we are with our HSE improvement plan and what’s not working and having some difficult conversations when a metric is red and why it’s red is a more meaningful conversation” than those about another lost-time injury, he said.

Episode 8 of the Leaders2Leaders video series goes deeper into how to have a productive dialogue with senior leaders. In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why your Health & Safety strategy must fit seamlessly with the company’s business strategy
  • Why you might want to focus on sharing just one leading indicator with leadership
  • How having a core set of Health & Safety objectives can help you drive your initiatives forward


Watch Episode 8 – Dialogue with Senior Leadership now.

New Video Series: Leaders2Leaders

This programme brings together some of the smartest, most forward-looking professionals in the industry to discuss the key issues facing health and safety today. Lessons from Leaders is a companion eBook that highlights health and safety: where we are and where we’re going.

Health and safety today is more complex and dynamic than ever. The world is experiencing significant changes in how, when and where work happens. Today, employees are just as likely to be contractors as they are to be permanent staff, and workers are placing greater emphasis on their wider mental and physical wellbeing. Watch all eight episodes and download the companion guide: Lessons from Leaders.

Previous blog posts:


Safe+Sound Week and Leaders2Leaders: What Should Today’s Health & Safety Professionals Prioritize?

L2L Episode 2: What Are the Key Barriers to Gaining Better Visibility in Health & Safety Today?

L2L Episode 3: How Are You Tracking and Managing all the Compliance Issues You Face Day-to-Day?

L2L Episode 4: How Do You Get Executives on Board with Health & Safety Initiatives?

L2L Episode 5: What Impact Are the Advances in Technology Having on Health & Safety Today?

L2L Episode 6: How Can You Maintain a Safety Culture Over the Long Term?

L2L: Episode 7: Health & Safety Leaders Are Changing Business for Good

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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