It happens every night On my way home from work, getting to my neighborhood requires turning left from a main highway. Every night as I “Don’t Pass On The Right”
There are too many zealots out there I had a great conversation about that very topic yesterday while making some exciting plans for an upcoming “Sometimes It’s The Little Wins- Finding Success When Safety Sucks”
I do believe we need to tell better stories if we want to be more relatable as safety professionals.
There’s not all that much new material out there in this field. Sure, OSHA updates a regulation on crystalline silica once every 30 years or so, but that’s not really something that excites the average Joe.
In order for real change to take place, though, we have to start educating our leadership about what real progress in safety means. It’s not removing all the bumps and scrapes that lead to OSHA recordables.
We’ve got to get better at “racking and stacking” our risks.
If someone doesn’t value their limbs staying attached to their bodies, no raffle for a low-end 32″ TV will change that. Instead of dangling useless carrots, we should invest time and energy in knowledge and empowerment.
Perhaps the reason managers won’t make time to send their people to training is because they find no value in what we have to say.
What kind of leader thinks it’s OK to stand up in front of a bunch of people (safety pros or not) and say that he knows the future?
Simplicity. If you want to change the way people do things, they have to be willing to talk about why the current way sucks.