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We sadly often see Management Systems fade into the background following successful certification. When this happens, it can stagnate and cease to be a driving force for continual Improvement within the business.

So, what can you do to reinvigorate interest?

That’s where the Engagement Amplifier Gameplan comes in! This Gameplan was created by today’s guest, Sarah Ball, an isologist here at Blackmores and one of the main driving forces behind our online membership – the isologyhub.

Today Sarah will continue on from the last episode and explain the last few steps in the Engagement Amplifier Gameplan. 

You’ll learn

  • What is the isologyhub?  
  • What are the final 4 steps in the Engagement Amplifier Gameplan?

Resources

In this episode, we talk about:

[00:55] The isologyhub is our online Membership our online membership site that includes a full ISO 14001 roadmap to help you create and launch your own bespoke environmental management system. Also included are a suite of templates and training on various ISO’s to help take you from zero to hero in ISO Standards.

[01:15] Sarah Ball created the Engagement Amplifier Gameplan in addition to many other resources on the hub. She is one of the key people behind the hub’s creation and currently drives it’s development.

[01:30] This is part 2! We covered what the Engagement Amplifier is, along with the first few steps in the Gameplan in the last episode. If you missed out, I highly recommend going back and giving it a listen.  

[01:45] Step 4 – Champions: A team of management system Champions, whether that be Health & Safety Champions, Quality Champions or any other discipline, can have a significant impact on engagement levels. They can advocate for the management system and, crucially, Champions lead by example when they engage with the management system themselves. In Step 4, the Gameplan takes you through what Champions can do, what makes a good team of Champions and how to start your own team of Champions.

[03:40] Step 5 – Brand Boost: This is how you brand and sell your management system to your employees and other key stakeholders, which is crucial to how they relate to it and engage with it. It walks you through the importance of a brand identity for your management system, how to develop this and how to launch, or re-launch, the management system with a new brand within the business. This step can be useful for the implementation of your management system and for when engagement has really fallen. For further listening – go back to our ‘What’s in a Name’ episode.

[04:30] Practicing what we preach – We did a recent rebrand of our Management System at Blackmores. Even though it’s a mature system that’s many years old, we felt that it wasn’t doing much for us. So we followed our own plan and created H20 (How 2 Operate), a much more accessible and collaborative Management System that is housed on our shared Teams channel and SharePoint.  

[05:40] Step 6 – Communicate and Celebrate: . Ongoing communication is a key part of maintaining momentum and engagement, it provides an opportunity to keep the management system at the forefront of people’s minds and to celebrate successes. It also allows you to recognise examples of engagement with the management system. The Gameplan takes you through what you should communicate and how and is something that you can revisit at any point as your management system matures.

[06:45] Step 7 – Momentum: Once you have reinvigorated engagement, it is crucial to maintain that momentum. This step takes members through how to recognise engagement, continue to reassess engagement levels and developing a future strategy to maintain the desired level of engagement.

[07:50] We’re offering a Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer on isologyhub memberships until the 31st October 2023! Contact us to book a demo

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It’s not uncommon to see a businesses Management System left to collect dust, either because it’s not fit for purpose or simply a carbon copy of an ISO Standard.

Sound familiar?  Do you think your business and your employees deserve better?  Your ISO Management System should represent your businesses way of saying – “This is what we stand for, this is our vision, values and processes.”

Today, Mel explains why it’s so vital to ensure your Management System is fit for purpose, and give some examples of where you can add value and reduce risk.

You’ll learn

  • Pitfalls of an archaic Management System
  • Why you should consider revamping your Management System  
  • How you can update your Management System
  • Guidance on what should be included in a Business Management System
  • Examples of what could add value or reduce risk for your Management System
  • How you can update the look and feel of a Management System

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  • Need support with revamping your Management System? check out our ISO Support Plan
  • Need guidance and support with ISO Standards? isologyhub

In this episode, we talk about:

[01:03] Examples of poor quality Management Systems Mel’s come across  

[02:19] The importance of having a bespoke Management System

[03:33] How out-of-date Management Systems can be detrimental

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[05:05] Why it’s important to continually update your Management System   

[06:25] How initiatives / functions can get overlooked if they’re not referenced in your Management System 

[07:38] Guidance on what should be included within your Management System to add value and reduce risk

[08:01] Examples of how a Social Media Policy / Process could be included and how it adds value

[09:45] How we at Blackmores follow our Social Media Process, record results and use the captured data

[11:10] How you can add risk mitigation to your Management System  

[12:35] Other reasons why your Management System may be ready for a revamp

[13:10] Guidance on how you can improve the look and feel of your Management System

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What’s in a name?

Is your ISO Management System just called a ‘Management System’ or is it named to reflect your companies culture and brand?

Sarah Ball, QHSE Consultant shares her views and tips on the power behind a name.

A name is people’s first impression of your Brand, System etc, it sets the tone for how people interact with it. So, it’s best to give it the time and thought necessary to make sure it makes the right impact.

Today, Mel and Sarah discuss why the naming  of a Management system is important and share some great examples.

You’ll learn

  • The definition of a Management System
  • Why naming your Management System is so important
  • How certain Management System names can dissuade engagement
  • Guidance on how to select a Management System name
  • Examples of unique Management System names
  • How getting a Management System name and format right can help share a businesses core vision and principles

Resources

In this episode, we talk about:

[01:05] How a Management System without a name can be detrimental

[02:39] A reminder of the definition of a Management System

[03:03] Why naming a Management System is so important to a business  

[04:41] How including ‘Management’ in the name can alienate people from engaging with the System  

[06:57] Guidance on selecting a Management System name  

[09:30] Some examples of unique Management System names Sarah has come across  

[11:18] Examples of some names and Acronyms we use at Blackmores  

[12:01] Important considerations when creating acronyms – including taking account of any existing relevant industry related ones

[13:25] Why naming the Management System should be a collaborative effort

[14:54] Why the format of a Management System is important   

[16:09] How getting the Management System name and format right can help share a businesses core vision, principles and culture  

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