Teamwork is fundamental in our work life. When it comes to safety it is important that your team members back each other up all the time and will intervene if you are about to do an unsafe act. But what if you are the only rating on watch in the engine? Who should back you up? and how do we apply best practice in the organisation to meet this challenge?Read more >
Resilience is on everyone’s lips – also in the shipping industry. But what does it entail? Originally deriving from biology as a term for how plants through evolution have become resilient and managed to sustain growth even in hard conditions, resilience has spread to the business management lingo as a term for new ways of structuring business to match the requirements in the fast paced business arena of our time and age.
In Green-Jakobsen we help clients build (primarily safety-) resilience in shipping companies worldwide. This article is an introduction to the main characteristics of a resilient organisation in Green-Jakobsen’s perspective. It heads up one or more articles specifically on organisational resilience in shipping companies.
Green-Jakobsen is an International Marine Safety and HR Consultancy company. Our services cover consultancy, courses and training, multimedia production and safety performance measurement.Read more >
For a long time it has been discussed how human behaviour – or rather human error – impacts the frequency, nature and level of incidents and accidents on board. But isn’t human behaviour also the reason for a very high level of operations where people are NOT getting hurt? Yes, humans are the strongest asset for being safe because they are able to adapt to changing conditions.Read more >
The million-dollar question to all the work Green-Jakobsen is involved in to improve the safety culture of shipping companies is: does it work? Do the many initiatives actually result in an improved safety culture of a company? Green-Jakobsen has worked closely with Seatrans Shipmanagement to improve the company’s safety culture. This article is a brief description of the course of events carried out, concluded by comments from the various Seatrans employees and observations made by a GL DNV auditor about the efforts and results achieved so far.Read more >
How do we gather and manage data relating to human performance and behaviour, which are ‘uncountable’ subjects? This articles follows up on the previous article ‘The art of measuring safety performance’ and describes typical challenges we face when trying to gather, process and present safety (behaviour) performance data. It also suggests a few methods believed to help shipping companies manage this challenge.Read more >
During 2014 Ultraship and Green-Jakobsen have run a project in cooperation about using the Safety I’s and the Accountability ladder to help build a resilient safety culture in Ultraship’s new organisation. In this interview Søren Vest describes how this is being done and what activities they have initiated to ensure a strong safety culture right from the start.Read more >
Accountability has a decisive impact on the level of your safety maturity. So in order to increase accountability of your crew and staff you must manage it. And in order to manage it you must observe and log work place behaviour. This will enable you to develop people and deal with consequences for the exemplary or critical (safety) behaviour. For that purpose the Accountablity Matrix is a useful tool.Read more >
Why do we still experience serious incidents when doing standard operations? Because we forget the process and only look at the results!Read more >
To help safety leaders develop own and others’ safety leadership skills this article introduces the Green-Jakobsen Safety I’s model™. In short the overriding purpose of the model is to provide shipping companies and its safety leaders with 5 safety culture virtues. Find out what those 5 virtues areRead more >
When it comes to changing safety performance, safety behaviour is an unavoidable aspect to address. In order to achieve company safety goals a change in behaviour is often required. This article tells you what to look for when you observe behaviour and gives the definition of good safety behaviour.Read more >
The challenge is to make sure that decisions and strategic initiatives are understood and adopted by every employee. Leadership, communication and involvement are tools in the process to penetrate all levels and the officers have a key role in this connection.Read more >
In Torm they have experienced the benefit of involving the managers and officers in the process of cascading strategic decisions down the orgnisation. Claus Usen Jensen, Executive Vice President of Technical Divisions tells about their ways of doing it.Read more >
Safety must be communicated – constantly, credibly and convincingly! In order to do that it is vital to know the key elements of communication. A safety culture is influenced by what is said or not said about safety. Employees respond to what they hear and observe and this influences their attitudes.Read more >