API’s Sheryl Barden and Jennifer Pickerel discussed employee safety during their Safety Standdown presentation called “Safety Starts with People.”

Following is an excerpt from Jerry Siebenmark’s article on employee safety and security topics covered at the Safety Standdown in Wichita, KS.

The success of safety in a business aviation organization starts with its people, presenters told attendees today at Bombardier Safety Standdown.

Differences in compensation, cultures, and unintentional workplace messaging are some of the factors that can create a divide in an organization or department, leading to dissatisfaction and a breakdown in safety, Aviation Personnel International president and CEO Sheryl Barden and v-p Jennifer Pickerel explained.

For example, compensation trends in business aviation over the past seven years show that captains have seen a more than 30 percent increase, while schedulers have seen only a 14 percent pay bump over the same period. Pressures that women and other underrepresented groups in an organization feel are also “likely greater than what others are feeling,” Pickerel said.

To overcome these and other barriers, they encouraged leaders to stay engaged with their employees by understanding what they value, identifying cultural mismatches, and learning their aspirations and what motivates them.

Attendees also heard about cybersecurity and safety from Jeffrey Troy…

To read the full article about employee safety and security, visit Aviation International News.

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