Every engagement is completely tailored to the specific needs of the organization we are working alongside with the mandate of building capability fast with little to no disruption to ongoing operations removing the initiative overload dilemma many organizations find themselves in. Engagements are designed to align with and accelerate current internal leadership programs in order to expedite the progress organizations have already made.
For the implementation phase, safety leadership development options are dependent on the pace that is most appropriate for the client and the opportunities that present themselves. Implementation coaching densities can be increased or reduced based on project needs or budgets and is typically guided by the findings from the operational safety diagnostic.
Safety improvement projects involve on-the-job training and coaching for targeted supervisors and managers as a key part of the engagement. We have found that one Engine Room coach can effectively work with roughly 10-15 primary coaching targets at a time, provided the group is reasonably co-located. But if the target group is spread out geographically, estimates are revisited to reflect travel time.
The two factors which affect the budget of an Engine Room engagement are the density and the duration. The density is the number of days per month a coach spends at the client site. For safety improvement projects, we have found that 2 to 3 visits to the client’s location per month is a good rule of thumb and that each visit should be a minimum of 3 days long. That number can rise if the coach is supporting multiple areas or larger numbers of supervisors and managers, but 8 to 12 days per month is a reasonable budgetary starting position.
The duration of a coaching project ought to reflect the size of the step change required in safety leadership skills within the target group. We often find that safety improvement projects last between 6 to 8 months, however specific estimates require an opportunity to understand organizational goals and the findings from the needs assessment of the target group.