How to stop getting ghosted 24-year-old Hunter is confused. He’s looking for a job, but after two supposedly successful interviews he’s still in the hiring process. In fact, he is in the same multi-interview process with three other companies, all of which have told him repeatedly how interested they are in him. But if he…

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How Focusing on Strengths and Reducing Stress Creates a Culture of Awareness Not so long ago, we mistakenly felt compliance was the key to safety. We believed that if we could just get Bobby to pay attention to what he was doing, we would win the safety award (that we just invented). The plan was…

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3 things we learned (relearned) about safety from COVID     Over the past couple of years, more people than ever think safety is important — even Jimmy, who never wore his safety glasses when the boss wasn’t looking and once proclaimed “I am way too smart to get hurt”, is now talking about situational awareness and…

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A positive look at a negative situation In a job interview, a young man listens intently as the interviewer explains the specific details of what appears to be his first real career move. But, as the details of the actual job unfold, the Gen Y gentleman becomes uneasy and cannot hide his disappointment as he…

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AS WE WITNESS one waitress working 10 busy tables in a crowded cafe while wearing the distant stare of a disillusioned war vet, it becomes clear that working, for many, is officially off the menu. The same goes for the 11 people in the 200 seat call center; or the home-based call taker who remembers fondly the…

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How anxiety creates an unsafe workplace It’s official. Stress is now one of the most common causes of incidents in every industry. Across all types of sectors, employee stress poses a notable threat to workplace safety. From employee shortages to COVID-19, stress and anxiety can be so distracting that they can rob you of your innate natural…

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virtual keynote speaker Garrison Wynn

Creating an effective plan for the future, improving employee performance and managing change are often the focus (and obstacles) of many organizations. And, if you are thinking that it’s a tough time to make all that happen, you are right! Uncertainty can demotivate and derail even your best people.  However, whether it’s leadership, sales, service…

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June 2020 a safety month to be remembered   In the past three months, more people than ever think safety is important — even Jimmy, who never wore his safety glasses when the boss wasn’t looking and once proclaimed “I am way too smart to get hurt” (a statement that instantly invalidates itself). Jimmy’s now…

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Hanging On and Moving Forward I’ve always believed that somehow my life would be void of dramatic, historic events. After all, history is something you see on TV or YouTube, right? Or something we might read in books (back when we read books). Maybe you’re as surprised as I am to realize that drama and…

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The actions we take today and our ability to be flexible enough to succeed will help to ensure that COVID-19 eventually becomes a historical footnote that those of us in the safety realm have helped our organization, employees and loved ones to overcome.

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Successfully managing change management By Garrison Wynn, CSP Want to know the real truth about change management? If people really believed in the change you are proposing, they would already be doing it! The key to getting buy-in for change is in knowing the common obstacles that cause resistance and being ready to address all…

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engaged safety

The end result of this kind of culture is, oddly enough, compliance. You have to actually create a space where a compliant culture can exist rather than just telling employees compliance is something they need to do. To create a culture of safety, we have to do what actually works — not just what we believe should work.

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Sure, showing the world you are all about safety can help reduce the impact of lawsuits and make younger job seekers more interested. (Research shows that safety concerns are the top reason people under 30 years old don’t want industrial jobs.) But projecting your reputation for safety consciousness does not actually help enough to make the big difference you are looking for. Below are three things we know create a sustainable culture of safety, without the theatrics.

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According to Evolve Performance Group, 9 out of 10 engaged employees say that safety is a top priority every day while only two in 10 actively disengaged employees can say the same thing. Modern successful safety cultures are based in facts. People who feel valued, value safety and each other. The takeaway from these numbers cannot be overestimated.

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In the end, if you’re close by, easy to deal with and willing to make the sacrifices, you’ll be surrounded by those who are not likely to ever leave your side. In the business world, that means your employees are likely to stay with you and perform at the highest level. And in your personal life, it means that your kids will be high achievers who are going to live in your house until they’re 30!

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