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Manawatu Branch Innovation Day

21/03/2023 09:30am to 3:30pm

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Ever felt like it’s Groundhog Day? An upward battle where you face the same behaviours, obstacles, arguments and apathy? It happens to us all but the question is - how do we break out of it?

The answer is, we INNOVATE.

We try something new and we make sure we've got the tools and support around us to help us succeed. And who better to help us gather those tools than Rob Cousins and his colleagues from the WorkSafe Innovation Team?

Join us at the Chalet where the WorkSafe Innovations Team will be facilitating a practical workshop dedicated to getting us out of Groundhog Day.

Part 1

The first part of the workshop will be about identification, connection and sharing. We will unpack some common key issues such as:

  • how to get business managers understanding what good looks like
  • securing buy-in (from managers and workers)
  • engagement when everyone is an "expert"
  • undermining

and share our experiences of them in order to expand our understanding.

Part 2

During the second part of the day, we will be exploring the conditions necessary to evoke change. What are they; how can they be created and nurtured; and what support is available to OHS professionals trying to embed change in their workplaces?

At the end of the day, we will have worked together to overcome barriers, develop new practices and grow the confidence necessary to change our approaches.

Everyone welcome

The Innovation Day is one of the Manawatu Branch highlights but it is too good an opportunity to keep to ourselves, so this one is open to everyone, member or not!

You will need to bring your own pen and paper for notes.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your lead facilitator

Rob Cousins

Rob Cousins has worked in health and safety for over 15 years, running a risk management company in the UK and also leading expeditions to the Arctic with a youth development charity. Since arriving in New Zealand a decade ago, he has been involved in risk management, injury prevention, and putting people at the centre of these matters.

He is currently Head of Innovation at WorkSafe, leading a team focused on bringing new approaches and practices to sector.


The Chalet

24 Centennial Drive
Palmerston North
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