By Phil La Duke
Does your leadership help safety? Does your organizational culture? Do you? Most of you just answered a resounding “YES!!” when I asked you, some of you said it when asked about your culture (cultures are effortless to malign) and far fewer likely answered yes when I asked about your leaders. The reality is that, when asked, most individuals would by insulted that their sincere assistance of safety was becoming questioned.
But if the complete world supports safety why is it so difficult to run an operation where injuries are a rarity? And why do we have to fight so difficult to get the sources we need to correct hazards, and finally, why is it that so a lot of people fail to do their jobs when it comes to security? Greg Gerweck when told me that you always have the time and income for what is really crucial to you. Some of you will grow to be instantly offensive due to the fact you will claim that you value your household a lot more than your job, or that you honestly wish you had much more time for x but you have to do y. Just consider of what Mr. Gerweck said, if it is truly important to you that is where you spend your time and cash (and I would add efforts but I suppose that is a subset of time). If you want to comprehend what you really worth, you have to reflect on how you devote your time and money, and in addition, if you SAY you value something and you are spending most of your time and money doing something else…well, my guess is that you are either lying to yourself or are deeply unhappy. That is not to say that there are not time when you miss your kid’s ballet recital or soccer game to get a big proposal written or to investigate a severe injury, but I believe that if that becomes the norm you are lying to your self about your values and it is probably making you unhappy.
It is not uncommon to think that you worth some thing more than you truly do, simply because believing that you worth safety for example but doing nothing at all of substance to make it a reality is actually a philosophical believe. “Workers deserve to come home uninjured” is difficult to argue against, in reality, I’ve by no means met a individual who has fought me on that. But it gets complex when we have to make selections hard options. Do I shut down production because we’re working out of method and there’s a powerful possibility that the will result in an injury? Or do we preserve going simply because we’re already behind and maybe a person will get injured and perhaps they will not? In this case we are philosophically supportive of security but we are not operationally supportive of safety. I can already hear the safety experts weighing-in in agreement, but I could have just as very easily asked the query, “Am I going to get off my lazy ass and check out how factors are operating in production, or am I going to commit the next two hours acquiring caught up on emails and paper operate?” If your answers have a tendency to favor production (even of emails) more than security then you do not truly support safety at an operational level.
I’ll take it even additional, If you don’t do your job since you have convinced yourself that the dilemma lies in the culture, the leadership, or the employees themselves, then you do not assistance safety at an operational level. There is anything so deeply satisfying in excusing the truth that we are not profitable in building a safer function spot by decrying it as impossible. It’s a bit like obtaining in shape. We’ve attempted dieting and that didn’t operate so now we eat what we want and get fatter, we worth our well being, but not enough to do something about it. We try working out, but that didn’t operate either so we have the physical exercise bike gathering dust. If we give up when we do not see quick benefits, we actually can’t say we value one thing or help it. When we help anything that an individual else is doing can we truly contact that assistance?
Values are the deep-seated, hardwired beliefs that decide how we will make every single option and how we will devote our time and income. Saying security is a worth sounds good and appears excellent hanging on the wall in the lobby but unless it manifests in how decisions are made from the CEO to the temporary worker who cleans them restrooms all it these posters are decoration, and tacky ones at that.
We can not modify anything by grousing about it on the sidelines. Safety connects to everything we do so if you are in an organization that does not seem to worth security, and you are a security specialist, it is your job to connect the dots for them. From safety to income, or productivity, or whatever it is they do worth. It’s not an effortless job to the minds of folks who have been actively antagonistic of security, but over time, and by way of continually asking the query, “do you support security?” sooner or later most of the organization will come around to your way of pondering.
So no matter whether you see your job as merely counting bodies, or additional generating security appear ridiculous by way of security BINGOs and children’s art contests, or saving lives, get out there and assistance security, not philosophically, but in practice. And at the end of each work day ask yourself, “what I done to make the workplace safer these days?” Only then can you claim to support safety and have that claim actually mean something of substance.