Thread regarding Enbridge Inc. layoffs

Stand Up for Safety

I've attended all the Stand Up for Safety events over the years, and this last one was an utter pile of c-ap. In the Spectra days, these events were meaningful and focused on stories. There would be many people in the room tearing up over the moving content, and being the MC or a speaker at one of these events was considered a big deal and something people took seriously. This last one was painfully boring and contrived - over an hour of nothing but platitudes and meaningless pageantry. The one I went to had a speaker who had obviously not rehersed and hadn't thought of any ways to encourage dialogue, other than asking "What do you guys think?" between playing lame videos. People literally giggled through the safety award portion because of the way they melded employee photos together - hopefully they didn't pay anyone to make this content, because the majority of it looked like a highschool AV club project. The employee videos were a nice idea in theory and some were quite good, but the majority didn't seem to read the original ask - which was to share a personal story, not recreate commercials for used car lots, replacing the word "sale" for "safety". And nobody should be surprised when "look at how great I am" vs a team focus is reinforced from the top down.

In general, I always thought the purpose of the former high-production quality Stand Up For Safety event - where they would stop work across the company and group hundreds of employees together at the same time and have senior leaders there "live" - was to show how much the company cared about safety. This scaled down, amateur version that they delegated to beleaguered looking mid-level managers in small conference rooms, seemed to scream "we reallly don't give a sh--". I would rather see them discontinue this event than continue to run it into the ground like they have he past two years. At the very least, name it something other than "Stand Up for Safety" out of respect to the people who worked on the event in the past and actually cared.

And yes, I realize this isn't a huge thing to be upset about in the grand scheme of things, but Enbridge is all about death by a thousand cuts. Just like in Office Space where they move the guy into the basement in small incremental steps, you sometimes lose perspective about how bad things have become when it happens gradually, chip by chip. So I'm going to scream at the top of my lungs whenever I see b---s--- like this that weakens our supposed company values. Take safety more seriously if you want us to.

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Post ID: @ZN853ES

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Can confirm it was disorganized - some training for the speakers was offered but the content wasn’t even done at that point. For EGI, everyone is busy just trying to keep things on the rails so seemed unfair to download it on the managers.

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Post ID: @ZN853ES-3jqv

Yup, it was terrible this year. Not sure anyone except those from Union Gas would have noticed though because it wasn’t especially terrible compared to other Enbridge events - just terrible compared to what it was like in 2017 and before. It’s a shame because SUFS generally got better each year because the feedback made it stronger and it became more and more about about personal stories. Sad whoever organized it this year chose to ignore the 10+ years of development and learning and regressed it. Much has been said about taking the best from both organizations and this was a time that really could have happened, but instead it was just another case of the overlord putting their robotic and impersonal corporate hands around the neck of anything creative and meaningful.

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Post ID: @ZN853ES-3wnl

Yes, SUFS was awful this year, at least compared to what it used to be like. The talk afterward was pretty negative - many thought it was an insult to Union Gas to take our event and basically make a mockery of it. We accept Enbridge k--led Union Gas, but do you have to parade around with its head on a stake?

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Post ID: @ZN853ES-2etb

Executive videos were probably the worst part - nothing but platitudes like the OP said. Nothing personal, nothing meaningful - I could have slept though it. Several were obviously reading from something offscreen like cue cards, so it didn't even come across like it was their own words, or that they bothered to think about what they were saying. It was no more moving than listening to my GPS tell me where to turn. Re: Spectra, the original Stand Up for Safety was more of a Union Gas thing. I think they ended up doing it across Spectra eventually, but the content I saw was always pretty much exclusively from Union Gas and they'd maybe just wheel out Ebel to tip his hat in video form.

I'm sure part of the reason why people from Union Gas were upset about the c-appy event - just another UG thing Enbridge ruined and another piece of our culture gone. It was inevitable. I agree - just cancel this event or call it something else.

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Post ID: @ZN853ES-1vrt

The reason for posting is explained in the post itself.

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Post ID: @ZN853ES-1tev

No disrespect for your thoughts and as a exSpectra employee, but what does any of this have to do with layoffs?

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Post ID: @ZN853ES-1iyw

Agree. The last two years were nothing like the original Stand Up for Safety event. The smaller group size could be a good idea if they customized the content a bit to each group, but they didn’t. The presenter for mine also hadn't rehearsed by the look of it, but I heard when they did the presenter training, the content wasn’t even done yet. So maybe not the presenters’ fault. Either way, there was no emotional impact this time, other than that last employee video where they showed pictures of their families. I left thinking wtf was that?!

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Post ID: @ZN853ES-1lna

I was quite moved by the videos. Especially the one from the ELT with Guy Jarvis. I think it speaks volumes that our executive leadership would take the time to produce such a powerful video to demonstrate that a commitment to safety starts up top but is everyone's priority.

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Post ID: @ZN853ES-1afb

You can’t argue about the meaningfulness of symbols and stories and emotional events but what matters most of all is how we approach our work every single day. I don’t see that front and center value changing at all. You are passionate so should volunteer next time around.

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