January 25, 2019

Working in Health & Safety: My Return On Investment (ROI)

It’s the start of another year and as a professional I’ve changed my focus to looking forward.
I do not believe in setting new year’s resolutions personally or professionally. For me, I am always trying to look at maximizing my Return On Investment (ROI). My ROI is simply defined to me as maximizing the level I put into what I am doing, this applies to everything I do. This holds true personally and professionally. I believe if I must set a new year’s resolution, I am not maximizing my return on investment for what I am doing or have done. The ROI is more than giving 100%, it’s a philosophical way to continuously improve, keep the glass half full and maximizing my learnings from every single day. Looking at your personal ROI has an element of self-reflection. Am I getting the most out of my potential.
The most out of what I give my family, the most out of what I give to my potential to be the best leader I can be today and for tomorrow. The difference of looking at personal ROI instead of the typical ROI of a project is the human element. I’m not specifically referring to dollars and cents, I’m referring to my career in the Environmental, Health, Safety, Security and Compliance Field.

These are real people, not numbers.

My systems, process, procedures and motivations are driven by people. Gary Vaynerchuk of VaynerMedia eludes to this thinking as well in his discussions on how to lead and what drives success. He references in a speech the traits his mother instilled in him as a young boy and how the lessons learned at that age have shaped who he is today as a person. I believe these traits exist in all people, it’s the leader’s ability to shape these into what enables people to be successful personally and professionally.
For the ones that read this that I know, you know I love what I do for a professional living. I take it very personal and I take that same values into my personal life as well. All this comes from the values and integrity that I was raised on. As a professional in the EHSSC Career field, I am not driven by numbers. What drives me is people, the people that I get to work with and for every day. A legacy to me will be driven by not the accomplishments or accolades I am able to achieve, but rather the people that I am able to help.

Helping the people in my career is working to send them home to their families safely. It does not need to be complicated, simplicity is not only appreciated but more clearly understood.

Adam Bates - Senior Director Environmental, Health, Safety & Compliance ServiceMaster - Terminix

Adam L. Bates, MS. MBA
Senior Director Environmental, Health, Safety & Compliance Service Master (Terminix)
Innovative, results-oriented Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Leader with a successful record of developing and executing robust global business strategies at leading companies including Honeywell, Owens Corning, Daido Metal, Inteva Products, and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. Proven ability to build, inspire and lead international cross-functional teams to increase efficiency, productivity, and profitability.
Significant experience leading change and implementing new processes globally. Broadly focused on continuous improvement to drive dramatic reductions in key environmental, health and safety metrics. A data-driven hands-on business leader with deep expertise in global compliance issues and operations who applies a ‘big picture’ outlook.
Recognized as a national leader in Environmental, Health and Safety: Listed in “The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS in 2014-2015” (EHS Today); Listed as “Superheroes of Safety Who Inspire Us” (June 2017 EHS Today); Appointed 2017 Board of Directors Delegate (National Safety Council).


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