June: National Safety Month is fast approaching but the 2013 plan to highlight Safety Awareness at Muir Omni Graphics has been in the works for several months. The more I talked with the Safety team (as a group and individually) the more the little details of our safety awareness promotion fell into line.
Composition would be key for success. I had visions that
teams of a departmental nature might experience problems if they didn’t have a
defined time or place to work. Some team members might be inclined to wander
away to get back to their work station. My next thought was to create teams
that presented a cross section of the company as a whole. Each team would include
office staff, screenprinters, managers, packagers, etc. With just a little over
forty employees, I have always divided them into four groups –
cross-sectionally- in order to allow for required training without causing
disruption to production. Yes, this would be perfect for this event too. Each
team was to have one member of management, one safety team member and at least
one person who could speak both English and Vietnamese. We wanted to make sure
everyone on each team understood the mission and the intent of the contest.
Contest required each team to create a poster that best describes
Safety Awareness at Muir Omni Graphics. It seemed simple enough.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I was so pleased to speak with Mike Mahanna, the Program Director for NAEM – The Premier Association for EHS Management, when he called this past May. I had been putting together costs estimates for possible future events and the NAEM Compliance Excellence Workshop was one of those events. That was perfect, according Mike, as he had an offer that would help with those expenses. “Speakers” get to attend the conference for free! The session was “Cultivating Employee Talents” and Mike was looking for speakers. Was I interested? Absolutely!
My work as the EHS Director with Muir Omni Graphics has given me the opportunity to work with different team structures within the company, each with its own mission and objectives. However, regardless of the mission, the opportunities for employee personal and professional growth and development are abundant. It is the team leader’s responsibility to identify opportunities and put those opportunities into action, in order to create an environment that promotes team member growth and development.
When it came to cultivating employee talents: the team environment and the implementation of the “one on one” session are two of MUIR’s Best Practices, so I was able to put together a presentation quite easily.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
There’s a new energy within the walls of MUIR and it is positively brimming from the newly formed Sustainability Team. Six MUIR employees were called to action for a Sustainability initiative in hopes of attaining the 2012 SGIA Sustainability Recognition Award to be awarded in early 2013.
Where would we go? How would we get there?
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
“What I do on my own time is none of your business!” I am certain that this could be the response the MUIR Safety team will be confronted with as we kick-off National Safety Month at Muir Omni Graphics in just a few weeks. The 2012 Safety Promotion that the team has been preparing for has been designed to focus on an Off-the-Job Safety initiative.
Work is work and home is home. Right? Maybe.
Last spring while in attendance at the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council Professional Development Conference, I had opted to sit in on the Off-the-Job Safety session, presented by Glenn Williams of John Deere. The concept of this session hit home with me, making perfect sense. Management absolutely has a vested interest in the home activities of employees and the safety measures taken-or not taken. Accidents and injuries occurring at home may lead to absences, restricted activities or a combination of both in the workplace. Simply put: Off-the-Job safety (or lack of) can directly affect the productivity of the company.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
In my last posting, I was remembering 2011 and celebrating the successes for MUIR. Two such areas of success for the EHS Department could be found in new partnerships and company teamwork. Sharing at that time our new-found partnerships, the discussion now turns to teamwork and the people who exemplify the characteristics of good team members and great teamwork.
I experience a great feeling of success when I think of the two teams for which I have the privilege of working with: The MUIR Safety Team and the MUIR Internal Auditing Team.
In 2011, both teams were given new challenges and responsibilities and both teams rose up to meet those challenges and responsibilities with success and pride.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
As the end of the year was fast approaching, I was thinking about year 2011 and the wonderful things it had held for Muir Omni Graphics: Partnerships, teamwork, a bright outlook for 2012 and so much more. Yes, it was a good year.
Part One: Partnerships
I had the opportunity to meet with Rebecca Cottrell, The Peoria County Recycling and Resource Conservation Educator, in February to chat about their plans for the year and determine how Muir Omni Graphics might be able to partner up with the Recycling and Resource Conservation department in 2011. This provided me the chance to play Environmental Jeopardy with area sixth graders at the Clean Water Celebration in April and Environmental Bingo with third graders during the Earth Day is Every Day event in October. In my book, any day spent working with children in the subject Good Earthly Stewardship is a worthy investment.