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Safety Means Preparing for the Unexpected

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June is National Safety Month and, more than ever, the past year has pushed us to think more deeply about how safety must continue to be a core part of our strategic goals. The global pandemic was for Cox Automotive, as it was for everyone, a crash course in workplace safety, requiring us to create and adhere to new safety protocols, address workplace concerns, and listen carefully to the needs of our 27,000-plus employees and the many clients we serve.

Grace Huang, president of Manheim, notes that it wasn’t just the global pandemic that challenged us in the past year. Our far-flung operations were tested by hurricanes, wildfires, and tornados as well. This month, Grace reminds all of us that we must remain vigilant and focused on enhancing our best safety practices, training, and resources to protect our company’s most valuable resources: our people and our clients. Her team at Manheim – roughly 12,000 members strong – are encouraged to take an active role in their own safety, and the safety of those around them, and to address safety concerns or conditions on the spot.

At Manheim, Grace notes, safety is a core value and at the heart of everything we do. It is a commitment that served us well in the past year. Read Grace’s thoughts on the importance of prioritizing safety. Her commentary appeared earlier this month in Auto Remarketing.

And watch this excellent video that recounts the challenges – and the recovery – of Manheim Nashville, which was severely damaged by an EF3 tornado in March 2020. It is an excellent reminder of why safety should always be at top of mind with employees and clients alike.