Where we have been making a difference
Psychology of Safety – Online Workshop
Why do people break rules? What leads to different perceptions of risk? Offering a fresh approach to engage your people in safety, this month we launch a new online programme relevant to personal safety, process safety and adherence to Covid-19 protocols. Content is designed to raise awareness of risk-taking behaviours and understand how even the most well-intentioned among us can be susceptible. We explore the psychology of human factors in everyday terms using filmed dramatic scenarios with live and interactive facilitation, drawing from the work of psychologist Daniel Kahneman and safety scholar Sidney Dekker. This programme is suitable for teams at all levels and focuses on risk, responsibility, and complacency. Facilitation can be tailored specifically for your sector or group. Email firstname.lastname@example.org directly for more information or contact us here.
Challenging Conversations Webinars
Throughout November and December we will be continuing our highly successful series of FREE webinars on a number of different topics. On November 27th and December 4th, we will be delivering our ‘Challenging Conversations’ webinar. These free webinars offer key techniques to help you connect with colleagues and create stronger, more productive working relationships. Gain insights into the best way to handle those challenging workplace conversations including moments of conflict or emotion. We use a dramatised workplace scenario, delivered through film, to illustrate the importance of effective communication; exploring approaches that work and potential pitfalls. Participants will gain tips, techniques and skills which they can combine with their own style to support them in their roles at work. You can find more information and all booking details for all of our upcoming webinars here.
Construction Safety Week Films
October 2020We are delighted to have produced the daily films for Construction Safety Week this year, working with the Construction Industry Federation. #CIFSafety20 runs from October 19th-23rd and each day a different theme is supported by the construction industry in Ireland. The collective mission for the week includes eliminating incidents on sites and promoting a healthy culture of sharing lessons and best practices in safety, health and wellbeing. The schedule can be found here and we are very pleased to play our part in supporting what is the largest national campaign run in the construction industry. Each day our films follow ‘Thomas’ and ‘Patrick’ in different situations on site, as each theme becomes important to them. We are grateful to our wonderful cast and crew and to John Paul Construction for providing the location for our shoot.
Conversations at Work – Free Webinars
September 2020We all have conversations every day yet how often do we stop to consider the impact of our conversations on others, particularly at work? Following the success of our free ‘Conversations at Work – Covid-19’ webinars we are adding more to this series. Subjects include Managing Performance, Safe Behaviours, Influencing Others and Challenging Conversations. You can learn more and book your free virtual seat by visiting our contact page. We look forward to seeing you there.
Webinars for the Covid-19 Workspace
August 2020This month ICOS Skillnet launch a series of webinars for their members entitled ‘Doing Well in the Covid-19 Workspace’. Produced and presented by Theatre at Work using filmed scenarios, three pre-recorded webinars are designed to foster understanding, enhance communication and support everyone in being their best at work. This is important now and over time as effective working relationships and bolstering of mental and emotional strength can help everyone navigate a shared route through the pandemic.
We are also pleased to announce our own free webinar ‘Conversations at Work: Covid-19’ taking place on September 8th. This short webinar offers important insights into what enables an effective workplace conversation as we work through Covid-19 together. To book your free place email email@example.com or you can book your own virtual seat using this link.
Socially Distanced Theatre at Work
June 2020It was fantastic to be back in action delivering our safety programmes live in-room thanks to Collen Construction and all the crew at their DAA project site. Using one of our Irish case-studies audience discussion focused on key themes of risk-perception, responsibility, procedures and maintaining a safe workplace including Covid-19 compliance. With around 45 participants at each workshop full interaction was enabled while ensuring social distancing and the safety of everyone present. These live events, alongside our new virtual workshops and films, continue to support our clients in staying safe as Ireland reopens for business with additional C-19 risks to assess. The same human factors apply such as situational awareness and avoiding complacency, so get in touch to learn more about how we can support you.
Virtual Theatre Online
May 2020This month we announce the addition of virtual elements to our theatre-based toolkit. We have adapted our approach to provide learning programmes in all subject areas using broadcast quality films and live, online workshops. We also use these films as part of online programmes, as an alternative to live streamed virtual theatre performances. Online programmes enable facilitated discussion around attitudes, behaviours, communication and influencing. As the country gradually eases back into work, we have also designed new programmes to support the cultural change needed with Covid-19. All companies need to address this behavioural change and we use virtual theatre to enable this in your organisation, wherever you are located. Details can be found here and check out a sample film here.
Covid-19 Awareness Video
April 2020With the COVID-19 crisis having an ever-increasing impact we are each learning about our own responsibility in this fight and how our choices can make a difference. As behaviour is our business we have created a film which we hope will help. Styled in a similar way to our theatre-based workshops this short film is designed to support organisations in keeping staff safe wherever they are currently based. The key message is individual responsibility around COVID-19, aimed at highlighting the consequences of our choices at work and at home. We have decided to make this film freely available so contact us for a copy. There is a webinar option for interactive, remote access discussion which we can facilitate or we can create a bespoke film for your organisation, so get in touch to learn more.
Farm Safety Programme
A new year and a new programme in development to support safety on Irish farms. According to the HSA, statistics for 2019 continue a worrying trend with the level of incidents in agriculture remaining high. This month Theatre at Work are proud to have a new programme in development which will support the HSA in improving behavioural safety on farms and will launch at their conference later this Spring. The programme has been made possible with the support of our client Glanbia who will host the workshops at their regional sites, along with ICOS Skillnet. Pictured are our team Martin, Barry and Dylan with Eilis Nolan from Glanbia Ballyragget following a successful run of our Safety Conversations programmes for their teams.
Seasons in the Sun
As the season shifts we’re ramping up for a busy Autumn ahead with programmes in full swing across the country. We couldn’t bid farewell to Summer without mentioning the successful launch of our new programme ‘Take Care’ designed specifically for clients in pharmaceuticals, technology, engineering or any manufacturing industry. The workshop is inspired by an Irish incident and explores safety systems including permit-authorisation and lockout-tagout. In highly regulated industries what prevents a safe system of work from being effective? Launched this Summer we have since delivered the programme for clients in Dublin and Cork. Pictured are the team Martin, Donal and Ethan enjoying a well-earned break in Little Island.
Irish Rail Safety and Performance
This month we begin development of new programmes in safe behaviours and performance management for client Iarnród Éireann who are currently making significant developments in trains, stations and the rail network aimed at expanding and improving services. Our programmes are being designed specifically for their teams in Infrastructure and Operations to enhance their safety culture nationwide. We are also applying our interactive and practical theatre-based techniques to performance management workshops for managers across the organisation. For more information on how our methods can support your culture and the performance of your people get in touch, or drop in to see us at our new base in Arbour Hill.
‘The Bridge’ Launch
On February 27th Engineers Ireland will host our launch of ‘The Bridge’ which explores workplace bullying. The HSA states that bullying can potentially leading to safety, health and legal problems with significant consequences for victims and for organisations. Guest speaker Patricia Murray, HSA Organisational Psychologist with national remit for workplace bullying, will join us to outline the supports available. ‘The Bridge’ is designed to enable understanding of the issue for groups at all levels, exploring the human factors at play. The launch event will be of interest to those responsible for Human Resources, Cultural Change, Health & Safety and Training & Development. More information and registration details are on the Engineers Ireland website
This month we were privileged to present at the National Conference on Workplace Health. Working with the Health and Safety Authority we presented a case-study on workplace bullying which used theatre to engage delegates and enable plenary discussion. Our scripted scenario used research on culture and bullying and drew on the experience of the HSA in occupational psychology. Bullying can have devastating consequences for victims and also for organisational effectiveness; the WHO Healthy Workplaces model discusses leadership engagement and our workshop encourages organisations to engage with the issue and manage it. Support is available on the HSA website. Get in touch with us for details of our programme.
Safety in Numbers
October brought a strong safety focus as we supported Construction Safety Week run by the Construction Industry Federation, EU Healthy Workplaces Week and the hosting by the Commission for Railway Regulation of the International Railway Safety Council conference in Dublin. As part of these safety initiatives this month our programmes were delivered for clients Abbott, Fluor, Veolia, Regeneron, Mac-Group, Dornan, Kirby, Irish Rail, PRC and Amazon with great results. Our hard-working team enjoyed every moment and we are privileged to spread the safety message in our work, so let’s keep the safety conversation going.
Commercial Skills – Sales and Networking
We’re pleased to continue our work with client ESB and this month we’re continuing to support the Smart Energy Services team. SES offers a range of sustainable solutions to reduce the energy costs of large businesses. Last year we delivered sales skills workshops for the newly formed team and this season we’re building their business networking abilities using our theatre-based approach. Our commercial skills programmes enable insights, learning and skills development in a very practical way focusing on human factors and interpersonal skills in areas like sales, influencing, negotiation and customer service. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Construction Safety – Human Error
This month saw our safety workshop ‘Only Human’ delivered for client Collen Construction and their subcontractors during two events at their client site in Dun Laoghaire. Set in construction, the play allows exploration of some of the key human error traps from individual and cultural perspectives. Staged in the round for dynamic group interaction, participants have the opportunity to undertake a practical safety observation and engage in a safety conversation with the characters. You can find an extract from the play here or contact email@example.com for details on how facilitation can be tailored for your group.
Tesco UK Safety Leadership
Our work with Tesco continues this month and we’re delighted to include a programme for their UK leadership team. A unique programme of events are currently in development which focus on safety leadership for senior team members across the UK, using bespoke theatre scenarios designed to engage and challenge. Events are delivered in association with our UK-based colleagues AKT Productions. For information on creating a bespoke programme for your organisation contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbvie Safety Conversations
This month we’re very pleased to be back in Sligo with Abbvie to deliver a programme enabling effective safety conversations for all staff across their manufacturing site in Ballytivnan. Our work with Abbvie included two distinct elements designed to engage all levels in safe behaviours and encourage a proactive approach to sustaining safety culture. The first element used a safety play to engage participants and the second element harnessed that momentum by exploring individual influence and impact on safety culture through daily interactions and conversations.
EPA Behavioural Safety Programme
This month we are very pleased to deliver a safety programme for the Environmental Protection Agency. With workshops taking place at regional locations around the country, everyone from field staff to senior leadership will have the opportunity to consider their role in influencing safety culture at work. Theatre at Work established safety plays ‘Overloaded’ and ‘Deepwater’ will form the basis of each workshop and groups can apply resonant lessons from these incidents to their own working environment.
Veolia Bespoke Programme Development
Following an event delivered for Veolia Ireland earlier this year, we are delighted that the company has commissioned their own bespoke safety programmes to foster an integrated approach to managing safety and risk. Currently in the works are programmes to engage all staff in their cultural vision and to facilitate the development of safety conversations skills. We kick off in London next month with a series of workshops for their environmental services division, delivered with the support of our UK associates AKT Productions. If you seek assistance in engaging staff in your cultural vision, get in touch to learn how we can help.
‘Fallout’ Safety Programme Launch
We are pleased to launch a new safety play which focuses on key themes and issues particularly relevant to contruction and engineering contractors. Based on a real incident which happened in Ireland working at height, ‘Fallout’ explores some of the human factors that influence a culture of safety on site including effective planning, contractor dynamics and safety conversations. Highly engaging and interactive, the official launch of this piece took place at the Irish Wind Energy Association Safety Conference in Naas on June 7th and we were delighted to be part of the conference.
Tesco Stores Safety Programme Launch
This year client Tesco Ireland commissioned their own, bespoke workshop to explore behavioural safety in their stores and we’re delighted that this month the programme was launched to store managers from all over Ireland. Designed to support store teams in their ongoing work keeping staff and customers safe ‘Under One Roof’ was written specifically to illustrate the retail store environment and the workshop used our interactive methods to explore themes of responsibility, intervention and safety culture. These initial events coincided with the launch of Tesco’s own safety culture model and more workshops are planned for store staff around the country. Pictured are actors Dylan, Jemma and Paul who brought the interactive play to life.
Dublin Site Safety Programme
This month saw the beginning of a series of workshops delivered for construction company J.J.Rhatigan who are leading the way in site safety. The programme is designed to challenge the attitudes and mindsets of their teams and contractors and ensure everyone knows they have a part to play in influencing a culture of safety. Theatre at Work favourite ‘The Mousehole’ was delivered to over 120 site staff at Project Trinity in Dublin and further sites will experience the programme in the months ahead.
Morning Ireland RTE Radio 1 Features Theatre at Work
December 2016Morning Ireland chose to feature our work in safety on their programme on December 12th. Their reporter Justin McCarthy highlighted the incidence of workplace fatalities in Ireland and the use of our methods to educate workers. Listen to the programme segment below. Theatre at work can overcome a key change in culture change; it enables buy-in to the benefits of safe practices by generating understanding of why they are important and gives participants valuable insights into workplace behaviour, including their own.
Construction Industry Federation ‘Terminal’ Programme Launch
We are delighted to work with the Construction Industry Federation on the launch of a unique behavioural safety programme for the Irish construction industry. ‘Terminal’ is an interactive safety play based on a true story which explores responsibility, rules, intervention and the human factors that can influence a culture of safety on-site. The story illustrates a major incident during the construction of an airport terminal extension, when both principal and sub-contractors were under pressure to get the job done. The event takes place on November 23rd in Dublin and is funded by the Contruction SME Skillnet Training Network. For more information get in touch with us or contact the CIF of the Construction SME Skillnet.
‘Overloaded’ Safety Programme Launch
Following months of development we’re pleased to launch our first safety play inspired by an Irish workplace incident. ‘Overloaded’ illustrates the influence pressure and workplace stress can have on risk awareness, exploring how failings in judgement and failing to maintain a safe system of work can lead to a workplace fatality. Through live interaction and facilitated discussion we see what can be learned from this story; exploring how factors line up, behaviours merge and signals are missed leading to tragic consequences for a hard-working family man. The launch event is hosted by Engineers Ireland to mark European Health and Safety Week 2016 and takes place on October 26th. If you’d like to attend please get in touch.
Pharmaceutical Sales Call Quality
This month we had the pleasure of working with Ashfield Healthcare and our old friends and colleagues at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals at a learning event aimed at developing the skills of their sales teams. Using our experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, our actors brought patients young and old to life, illustrating symptoms, emotions and typical patient behaviours in interactions with doctors and practice nurses. This innovative learning event delivered by Ashfield Healthcare provided a forum for GSK sales teams to explore patient behaviours and gain new insights into the needs of healthcare professionals. For more information on how we can support similar events please get in touch.
Ervia ‘Work Safe Home Safe’
This month sees the completion of a series of behavioural safety events delivered for client Ervia marking the launch of their ‘Work Safe Home Safe’ strategy which sets out their vision for health, safety and well-being across Irish Water and Gas Networks Ireland. Our workshops were rolled out nationwide, engaging over 1,300 staff in this vision which puts safety at the heart of all of their activities; in the field, in the office or on the road. Teams from across Ervia certainly engaged with us at what were highly interactive and lively events. To quote some participants: “I’ve been to so many safety training sessions over the years and this was certainly the best”; “It made me think a lot about my team and how I can ensure they are safe”.
Just Safety Culture
March saw the delivery of a new behavioural safety workshop exploring Just Culture which focused on creating an environment of trust and communication; balancing safety and accountability. Inspired by the work of Sidney Dekker this programme was delivered to Scotrail managers using a bespoke theatre scenario developed specifically by AKT Productions. The workshop highlights the benefits of a fair (just) safety culture and equips managers and supervisors with tools to influence such a culture with their own teams. This follows similar work for Network Rail on Fair Culture and also Mindfulness in Safety, which used interactive theatre-based methods to explore the key characteristics of a high reliability organisation.
‘Deepwater’ Safety Event Debuts in Ireland
Often the causes of major incidents are clearly revealed only after the event. In this hard-hitting dramatisation we ask what can be learned from events surrounding the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20th 2010 when untold damage was done and eleven men lost their lives. Following successful programmes in the UK and the US, Annette is proud to bring ‘Deepwater’ to Ireland for the first time as part of ESB Generation and Wholesale Markets Safety Conference in January 2016. This dramatisation explores risk, reputation and leadership impact. For more information on ‘Deepwater’ contact Annette directly.