Editor’s Note: RE Magazine asked SEMO CEO Sean Vanslyke to share some of his top suggestions for making your co-op a better—and safer—workplace.
Since firing my first employee when I was 23 years-old, I have become a better listener, read more, sought advice from mentors, and worked hard to communicate clear and consistent expectations. And working safe is by far the expectation that is most important.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to coach and mentor others. I try to pay forward what others have done for me. When asked to coach or be a mentor, I request feedback in return.
Over the years, I have simplified my get-into-their-head message to six simple actions:
- Arrive early.
- Work safe.
- Move with purpose.
- Don’t gossip.
- Give thanks.
These are actions that most people can execute and sustain on a regular basis. These six simple steps allow a person to focus on what’s important. Perhaps it sounds too simple, but I challenge you to use them to make today a better and safer day.