Over the last couple of months, the Learning Seat team has been networking at various events bringing more knowledge to current and potential clients including the HR Summit in Brisbane, the LGAQ conference on the Gold Coast, the AHRI Technology conference in Melbourne and the LGMA conference in Perth.
Two particular events worth highlighting are the 2011 Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) awards and a Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S) forum we co-ordinated.
2011 AITD Awards
The AITD Awards recognise outstanding excellence in learning and organisational development.
As major sponsor, Learning Seat offered its services to produce a multimedia show reel recognising all the finalists and their entries.
This was the first time the AITD agreed to feature a show reel of finalist entries on the evening and Learning Seat was proud to be producing the show reel.
Learning Seat’s chief executive, Tim Legge, performed the MC duties for the night, which was a great honour.
The event was a great success and Learning Seat is proud to have been a major sponsor supporting and celebrating excellence in the learning and development industry.
With the new WH&S laws set to be introduced in 2012, Learning Seat held a lunchtime forum event in Sydney with its prospective and current clients to help them understand how the new laws would affect them and how they could use the laws to help make safety part of their work culture.
The panel of experts who discussed strategies and changes included:
- CEO of Learning Seat, Tim Legge
- Founder of The Change Factory, Kevin Dwyer
- Partner at law firm, Lander & Rogers, Mark Sullivan
- Head of Human Resources at Hilti Australia (named Australia’s Best of the Best Employers 2011)
Some key quotes from the panellists include:
- Safety is aligned to business results so you need to start making safety a priority in the workplace if you haven’t done so already.
- Safety is an engagement issue. Foundations of real engagement are “does my employer care about me and my safety?”
- Record statistics when it comes to workplace safety so you know the issues and measures to work toward.
- Use the introduction of the new laws as a way to reintroduce safety into workplace culture.
- If you want cultural change, you need to reward proactive safety behaviour.
- To bring the new laws to life, you are advised to start with an education piece to get employees to understand what it means to them. Training and communication on the issue is vital.
- Be open to questions and take the time to explain the why, beyond policy.
- Tell the human story on safety, not just facts and figures. Employees connect better that way.
- Safety needs to be seen as a necessity, not a nuisance. You need to take the time to educate employees about what exactly a risk is and the implications of inaction.
Congratulations again to Robert Smith from HAYS who won the lucky door prize.