It’s a proven fact that humans are more likely to change their behaviour if they understand the reasons why they are being asked to change. So, in business, rather than telling employees to behave differently ‘because you say so’, ask then to change and explain why.
This is particularly relevant, and often easier, when the changes are occurring in order to improve an organisation’s environmental performance. On the whole, employees are supportive of change that brings positive results plus a feel-good factor. They are proud to be ‘making a difference’.
Environmental Awareness Training
People only fear change when they believe it is going to end badly for them, or alter routines they feel comfortable with. So rather than walking in one morning and announcing everything has changed overnight, look at implementing some form of environmental awareness training.
Environmental awareness means being aware of our impact on the natural environment, at home and at work. Some people will immediately respond positively, because they feel an affinity with the environment. Others will require a more factual explanation, so they can weigh up the outcomes.
Environmental awareness is increasingly important in business, both in terms of moral and social standing, and financial management. The latter, of course, refers to issues such as energy efficiency and waste reduction, factors that can heavily influence business success.
Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
Environmental awareness training covers current environmental issues, and examines how we can reduce our carbon footprint.
Generally, businesses seek environmental awareness training when they are planning to implement an Environmental Management System, such as ISO 14001. Implementation is likely to be easier and more successful if employees have already had the ‘heads up’.
Some environmental management system consultancies, such as SC Training Centre in Brisbane, also offer one-day awareness training for organisations that have a system in place, but have not yet updated to the most recent version of ISO 14001.
Improved Method of Management
There are many possibilities and opportunities involved with an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. For example, some organisations implement an EMS system but don’t seek accreditation, merely using it as an improved method of management.
Other organisations follow it through to certification, due to the major benefits to be had by achieving such a valuable accolade.
When an EMS is implemented with the help of professionals, all staff are trained, starting from the top down. However, some businesses then choose to put key staff members through ISO 14001 Environmental Management internal auditing training, so as to have a better overview of what’s happening day to day.
EMS Lead Auditor Training
Some staff members, and business owners, also choose to book EMS lead auditor training. For an employee, it can mean promotion and more pay. For a business owner, it can provide a thorough understanding of not only the system itself, but also what external auditors will look for when it comes time for certification.
EMS lead auditor training is based on the PDCA Cycle – that is, Plan-Do-Check-Act. In fact, this forms the basis of most ISO management systems.
The PDCA Cycle is also known as the Deming Cycle, as it was formulated by Dr W Edwards Deming, and is used as a continuous quality improvement tool.
This process-driven approach is a key part of EMS lead auditor training, as it provides a logical methodology that leaves little room for error.
What Auditors Do
With the next course coming up in Brisbane in December, it’s a good time to consider what’s involved in EMS lead auditor training.
Training runs over five days and is split into modules for effective delivery and maximum understanding. Both theory and practical sessions are used with both assessment and a written examination.
There is a lot to cover in EMS lead auditor training, and rightly so as, once qualified, a lead auditor carries a great deal of responsibility. Training delivers a breakdown of management systems in general, and environmental management in particular, as well as auditing and reporting techniques, communication skills, legal and ethical considerations, eco systems and pollution control, risk and corrective action.
Helping Business Cut Costs
Going back to our discussion about change earlier in this article, it’s important to recognise that, as an EMS lead auditor, some people may view you with suspicion. However, the role of auditor is actually a positive one and should be presented as such.
Auditing is not designed to ‘catch people out’ or criticise – rather it is a way of helping organisations identify areas in which they can improve, so that they can reduce their running costs and increase profits, thus becoming more competitive in this crowded marketplace.
Many organisations who fear they will have to make redundancies, find alternative ways of cutting costs by going through the auditing process, so, in fact, the EMS lead auditor is helping to protect jobs.
EMS lead auditor training is an ideal choice for someone who thrives on systems, is analytical with an eye for detail, a good communicator, and passionate about the environment.