VR FleetCare dares to care
Writer: Juha Ohvo, Director, HSQE
We at VR FleetCare dare to care not only about ourselves, but about our colleagues, too. In addition to the fact that moving people and goods safely is at the core of what we do, we also want to invest in the safety of our staff. During last spring, every FleetCare employee participated in a half-day training to develop their safety thinking.
At the heart of the Dare to Care training sessions was to strengthen FleetCare’s safety culture by encouraging our employees to address grievances and continuously improve occupational safety. In addition, supervisors learned about modern safety management. Our partner Innotiimi-ICG was responsible for the coaching package.
With early intervention and caring for others we can significantly prevent occupational accidents.
Training sessions were held in three parts during the autumn of 2021 and spring 2022. First session was for supervisors who then held the same training for their team. In the third session supervisors got to learn more on how to lead safety thinking. The feedback we got from the training sessions was excellent.
Safety is an inseparable part of everyone’s workday in VR FleetCare. In Dare to Care training sessions our aim was to dare everyone to care about one another, and to be brave to give and receive feedback.
During these training sessions we gave an opportunity for supervisors and their teams to share their experiences and development proposals concerning workplace safety. By interactive and participative exercises and simulating concrete situations we created shared understanding of the status of our safety. After that we considered how we could develop our safety culture together.
At FleetCare, safety is viewed positively, and this was also demonstrated by the attitude measurement surveys carried out on the teams. According to the surveys, employees consider that it is important that VR FleetCare has common safety rules, that activities endangering safety are addressed at a low threshold, and that safety is also seen as a competitive advantage for the company.
Dare to Care training sessions provided us new tools for early intervention, giving feedback, change management, and creating better safety culture. Developing safety culture is a long-term work and we continue to develop it every day of the year.
I would like to thank Innotiimi-ICG’s excellent trainers Anna Vaihinen and Anssi Juutilainen, and everyone who participated in these sessions.
We create a safer workplace together!
Juha Ohvo, Director, HSQE