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In your opinion, what will be the key challenge to Alcoa’s strategic effort to meet its goal of improved safety performance? Explain.
For Alcoa, the key challenges in improving their safety performance are the establishment of behavioral mindsets that embrace safety throughout their organizational layers, and a preventive culture to facilitate the continual deep-seeding of behaviors.
Overcoming decades of legacy behavior around the lack of emphasis and ownership to safety is a critical step for Alcoa in establishing the desired H&S culture throughout the organization. While setting H&S standards and procedures is rudimentary, successful organizations recognize and actively engage the ground staff to intrinsically put those standards to practice and pro-actively be a contributor to evolving these standards and procedures.
To help achieve these outcomes, the Alcoa employees need to develop a sense of ownership in this process and feel that success is in their hands. Behavioral change needs to start from the top – getting managers/supervisors to be champions in demonstrating a workplace behavior whereby H&S is second-nature to the way they operate rather than having to follow a bunch of rules. The management and leadership need to lead the way through demonstrating ownership and personal engagement.
Below are some ideas that Alcoa could explore to help in their transformation: * Layers of management need to be aligned and continuously guide and ensure adherence * Formalizing resources/structure that purely focus on H&S * Tools to educate and enable the staff to perform: Training & Manuals * Induction to EHS for all new employees * Continuous communication and training programs to update everyone * Encourage and reward staff when they identify any new potential hazards or safety ideas * Everyone needs to understand…...

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