E23: Caring for Employees During Social Distancing & A New World for Safety with David White

Jun 18, 2020


What is “the new normal” when it comes to your business strategy? As millions of people are heading back to work every day, keeping them safe is an essential consideration.

Now more than ever, you need to consider how you’re protecting employees. What are you doing to cultivate a culture of safety in the workplace? If you haven’t thought about it yet, now is the time. 

To help you better understand workplace safety, I brought on Dave White. Dave is the co-owner and CFO of Quad City Safety, a midwestern based distributor of PPE and other safety equipment.  

Dave speaks candidly on empowering employees to be safe. 

He talks about why your people and their safety should be a top priority.


He shares how you can hone in on being a thought leader for your customers. A big way to do this is by giving them direction. You want to offer them clear safety guidelines as they begin to re-enter retail spaces.


This episode has a wealth of impactful tips so be sure to take notes!

In episode 23 of Small Stage, Big Impact we discuss


  • [4:47] What it’s been like to figure out how to manage safety during the Covid pandemic
  • [8:43] The things you need to be aware of when providing protection for your employees
  • [13:47] Why it’s crucial to be a thought leader for your customers and give them direction for safety guidelines
  • [15:14] What it means to create a culture of safety and how to start the process of creating it
  • [22:20] How focusing on people and profit can have the same end goal
  • [24:27] The tension between existential and long-term protection strategies
  • [28:25] How to empower your employees to be safe
  • [34:01] The argument that people have for investing in safety and the ROI of protecting your employees
  • [38:27] Where to get help if you’re unsure of what the right protection is for your employees
  • [41:26] How your employees really want to know someone is looking out for their best interest
  • [43:29] What Dave hopes you’ll take away from his advice
  • [47:12] How to know if a supplier you’re looking at is apart of a safety network

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Small Stage, Big Impact is hosted by Renia Carsillo (that's me!). I am hardcore passionate and committed to bringing the systems and strategies that give big brands an unfair advantage to local businesses. For that reason, I created the Local Rock Star Intensive, where I help local business owners use their small stage to have a BIG impact. Thank you for being here and reading this far!