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Oil and gas safety in a post-truth world

Oil and gas safety in a post-truth world | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
I spoke at the Oil and Gas Task Force Zero conference 2018 not long ago. Taking the motto of the conference, “Face the Facts,” to heart, I walked the audience through a bunch of recent data from a …
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Statistics and metrics are always accepted when they confirm our point of view and when they  don't we can become willfully blind. This, normal, but dangerous aspect of human nature requires a higher level of professional and cultural awareness and maturity. 

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To Reduce Burnout on Your Team, Give People a Sense of Control

To Reduce Burnout on Your Team, Give People a Sense of Control | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it

There’s no question or debate that workplace stress levels are at critical levels and are escalating. The American Institute of Stress (AIS) reveals that 80% of us feel stress on the job and almost half say they need help in managing that stress.  The StressPulse survey by ComPsych, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, shows the main causes of that stress are:  1) workload (36%); 2) people issues (31%); 3) balancing professional and personal lives (20%); and 4) job security (8%).

 

Team dynamics are also a big deal when it comes to workplace stress, in terms of the way teams operate and how team members interact with each other. The above statistics show that team dynamics directly affect a whopping 92% of what causes the most stress. 

 

Being part of a team can be a quick road to disappointment, frustration, and burnout, especially when some team members work harder than others, when some are on time and others are consistently late, when there’s drama and tension resulting from gossip, and when team leaders play favorites.


Via The Learning Factor
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Human factors are significant contributors to accidents and injuries and stress is a factor that affects all humans. The right amount of stress can assist performance and  too much stress can can create the conditions for decreased performance and an increase in the chances for an accident or injury. 

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 1, 5:28 PM

Create a team charter.

Kim Colwell's curator insight, March 4, 5:09 PM
I've personally experienced this burnout. It's a tough one.  It's often difficult to find the courage to call it out and do something to try and change. What I found is if you have a job that on it's own has stress, just based on the nature of the job, and you add on demanding management and peers who you don't click with you are in a really difficult situation.  As mentioned in the article, team dynamics are a really huge ingredient in making a successful work environment and ultimately a successful business.    
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The brutal and gruelling life inside an Amazon warehouse

The brutal and gruelling life inside an Amazon warehouse | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it

Reporter Alan Selby says it felt like the human staff were reduced to livestock, existing only to service the machines
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This article is frightening in many respects, especially from  physical, emotional and psychological safety perspectives. Many US cities desperately try to recruit Amazon to build a warehouse in their area to improve jobs - could they actually be doing more harm than good. 

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Calls for urgent action after anxiety & depression levels rise by a third 

Calls for urgent action after anxiety & depression levels rise by a third  | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Calls for urgent action after anxiety & depression levels rise by a third

Via David Cant CMIOSH
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Although this study is from Great Britain it is applicable to the US. I just gave a stress program for a client in the US for exactly the same issues that the study highlights. There is an increase in worker stress, which is contributing to increased levels of depression and anxiety. One factor important to leaders,/managers and supervisors is that managing the emotional culture is as important as managing the cognitive culture of an organization (Manage Your Emotional Culture, Barsade & O'Neill)

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New scholarship for women in safety

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The National Safety Council is introducing a new scholarship program for women pursuing safety as a career, with nominations opening on November 1. The Council also will accept nominations for its second year of the Student Member Congress & Expo Program. This program provides selected student members interested in safety the opportunity to attend the annual NSC Congress & Expo at no cost. “Safety is more than a profession — it is a calling,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO. “We need to . . .
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This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Is a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence

When the going gets tough, true leaders take action.
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I was reading an article on culture change when I encountered this statement, “Companies can transform the attitudes and behavior of their employees by applying psychological breakthroughs that explain why people think and act as they do.”  Think and Act! What happened to how they feel? I’m still astonished that with all that is known about how emotions are central to human motivation and behavior that leaders still organize their change strategies based on the inaccurate assumption that if I can change the way my employees think than I can change the way the behave – I can change the culture. Elon Musk knows that change is an emotional process and that creating a culture of safety is about being emotionally smart (intelligent)

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Trump Proposes Dismantling Board that Investigates Chemical Disasters

Trump Proposes Dismantling Board that Investigates Chemical Disasters | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal would eliminate the U.S.
Chemical Safety Board even though the CSB is to catastrophic chemical
disasters what the National Transportation Safety Board is to airline
crashes, train derailments and bridge collapses.
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This is not about saving money or a pro-business agenda to create more jobs; its a naked example of giving companies license to avoid criminal penalties and a blatant disregard for worker and community safety.

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IN SEARCH OF BENCHMARKS

IN SEARCH OF BENCHMARKS | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
ISHN Ezine Vol. 5, No. 6, Thursday, March 9, 2006
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Interesting data - how do you compare. Of course we know that safety is more than a statistic!

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Republicans Just Made It Easier For Employers To Hide Workplace Injuries

Republicans Just Made It Easier For Employers To Hide Workplace Injuries | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
They used an arcane procedural maneuver to repeal a significant safety regulation issued by the Obama administration.
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This is unfortunate for all workers. The Republicans demonstrate  that they care more about ROI than ROS - Return on Safety. Company profits at the expense of worker safety.

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Why wellbeing works for business

Why wellbeing works for business | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Why wellbeing works for business
UK employers are finding ways to keep staff happy, healthy and committed

Via David Cant CMIOSH
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This article supports the Return on Safety® (ROS) model, which is dedicated to the belief that organizational success and employee wellbeing are an interdependent relationship in which safety is the keystone value of the relationship. 

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Chloe Norman's curator insight, March 23, 2017 11:08 PM

“Organisations need to take better care of their people and recognise how the demands of work can affect their physical and mental health, as well as their ability to perform well at work,” Cary Cooper, CIPD president and wellbeing expert. 

 

Through the initiatives of prioritising mental health and overall wellbeing for a person demonstrates a duty of care for the employees in the workforce, which enables a culture that attracts and keeps committed people by offering broad and rewarding benefits to everyone who works at the company. This article outlines the importance of wellbeing schemes implemented in the work force to ensure a safer working environment for employees, this is due to the rising number of people that have mental health problems while at work.

 

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A Deepwater Horizon Survivor Wants You to Know the Men Who Were Lost (Promoted)

A Deepwater Horizon Survivor Wants You to Know the Men Who Were Lost (Promoted) | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Caleb Holloway hopes the new film ‘Deepwater Horizon’ will honor the lost lives overshadowed by the oil spill.
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This article is important. Corporations with an obsessive determination to maximize their ROI cause human suffering and devastation. Recently, Wells Fargo's culture of ROI caused 5,300 people to lose their jobs and countless account holders to suffer financially. Without a a balance between ROI and a Return on Safety - ROS everyone is at risk and a potentially victim.

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How to Motivate Your Employees: Give Them Compliments and Pizza

How to Motivate Your Employees: Give Them Compliments and Pizza | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Give the people what they want. (And what they want is pizza.)
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I'm an advocate for pro-soical incentives and awards coupled with appreciation, recognition and gratitude for safety. I've seen too many instances where money rewards have had a DE-motivating affect as well as subliminally, if not directly, infer that the company is only focused on safety for money reasons.

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To Be Or Not To Be? That is the Question

To Be Or Not To Be? That is the Question | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Renewal Group
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A key to all work cultures is the motivation of the it's leaders, managers and supervisors. It must be a blend of extrinsic and intrinsic. This article outlines a process to assist anyone contemplating a move into a leadership position.

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Cultural Change That Sticks

Cultural Change That Sticks | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
All too often, leaders see cultural initiatives as a last resort, except for top-down exhortations to change. By the time they get around to culture, they’re convinced that a comprehensive overhaul of the culture is the only way to overcome the company’s resistance to major change. Culture thus becomes an excuse and a diversion, rather than an accelerator and an energizer.

But cultural intervention can and should be an early priority—a way to clarify what your company is capable of, even as you refine your strategy. Targeted and integrated cultural interventions, designed around changing a few critical behaviors at a time, can also energize and engage your most talented people and enable them to collaborate more effectively and efficiently.

Via David Hain
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The story and the process of shifting a culture reviewed in this article is the basic approach of the Return on Safety approach I've used with my clients and currently initiating with a client in Mexico. If you think safety while reading this article you will find it invaluable in helping your culture become more safety centric. 

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David Hain's curator insight, April 12, 7:52 AM

A few key principles for sustainable culture change - a few years old, but well worth reflecting on.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 13, 5:33 PM

I agree with David, even though this is 5 years old there are some solid insights that can be gained.

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The Results of Google’s Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams

The Results of Google’s Team-Effectiveness Research Will Make You Rethink How You Build Teams | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it

It’s no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company’s execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be surprised to discover that this unicorn company often turns its eye inward, analyzing information about its people to help improve its operations.

 

A group of employees from Google’s People Operations section, the equivalent of an HR department, decided to complete an analysis to answer one question: What makes a Google team effective?

 

Here’s a look at their approach and the startling revelations they had along the way.


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Google's Five Dynamics of team effectiveness are applicable to creating effective safety cultures as well. Dynamic 1 - psychological safety is of particular importance because so often employees fear speaking up about safety concerns. 

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It’s no surprise that Google, now part of Alphabet, loves data, and the company’s execs frequently share the revelations they find, such as their insights on mobile web use. But some of us would be…

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14 Ways You Can Improve Psychological Safety At Work

14 Ways You Can Improve Psychological Safety At Work | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Trust is the foundation of a safe environment, where individuals and teams can perform at their best.
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PPE for psychological safety at work. Often overlooked is the issue of psychological safety at work. One of the top two reasons I hear from employees about why they don't report safety incidents is that they are fearful of blame and retribution. 

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Return to work mental health

Return to work mental health
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Although the study was done in Europe it has significance to the US. One factor that is not specifically identified as a factor in contributing to mental and physical health issues is stress, which is a major factor in the US. 

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NSC 2017: Workforce Fatigue is an Epidemic

NSC 2017: Workforce Fatigue is an Epidemic | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Nearly 40 percent of workers in the United States report working while fatigued.
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It's difficult to do any activity fatigued and that's just the tip of the ice berg. Fatigue is a bio-psycho - social stressor that can lead to many health problems. That are many factors that contribute to fatigue including our addition to technology (social media)

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How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? (Infographic)

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? (Infographic) | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Emotional intelligence plays a key role in every aspect of your life.
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Emotionally Intelligent leaders create emotionally intelligent cultures that result in excellent safety performance.

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Total Failure: When The Space Shuttle Didn't Come Home

Total Failure: When The Space Shuttle Didn't Come Home | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
In Part 1 of the series Total Failure, a former NASA official recalls the disastrous mission of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 and how the accident changed his life forever.
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Fascinating and important story on why it is critical in creating a culture that values listening and reduces the dangerous of an expertise hierarchy.

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America’s Toxic Workplace Rules

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Why do federal regulators allow employers to expose workers to levels of toxic chemicals far higher than those considered safe for everyone?
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This is a classic ROI focus and mindset that is willfully blind to the necessity and advantages or balancing ROI with ROS - Return on Safety. It's not if an accident or death will occur - it's a matter of when.

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How Your Ego Thrives on Fear and Keeps You Panicked

How Your Ego Thrives on Fear and Keeps You Panicked | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
The ego has a hair trigger reaction & is ready to go off at a moment's notice. The soul is calm & resilient. Are you responding from your ego or your soul?
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This description is helpful, particularly in light of today's festival of egos. So much of what we want, e.g.,  safety, economic well-being and security can only come from leaders who can manage their egos and lead from their soul. But it is not only leaders who must be aware of their ego's, we are also responsible to not let our ego's pit us against each other. 

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The Battle For Motivation

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So what can companies do to navigate these new tough times and keep their employees motivated? Keeping up with a changing global economy might demand that companies adapt their engagement approaches, their reward strategies or even their organizational design. But more than anything, the solution might lie in creating a change in the work climate itself.

For some, that change begins at the top. Meet Kurt Graves, who became the CEO of Intarcia Therapeutics, a Boston-based start-up, after several high-level stints at large outfits like Novartis and Merck. He says that over his career, he’s seen companies get tripped up by their own managers, who drive down employee motivation. “There are a lot of mediocre companies with a lot of people who are stuck and lost because their leadership is stuck and lost.” Harvard professor Amabile couldn’t agree more. She points out how her study found only one in seven companies “where the managers paid sufficient attention to whether people in the trenches had what they needed.”

Via David Hain
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I like the this article because it is supported by Self  -Determination theory and for more read Daniel Pinks book Drive. I've used these theories in real applications to create and drive motivation for safety within organizations.  It works!

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David Hain's curator insight, December 8, 2016 2:22 AM

Purpose, clarity, autonomy, support - it doesn't sound hard, but research suggests it must be! Do managers get in the way?

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Don't Wait for a Defining Moment, Part 1 -- Occupational Health & Safety

Don't Wait for a Defining Moment, Part 1 -- Occupational Health & Safety | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
What we deem a defining moment tends to be not one unfortunate costly incident, but rather the accumulation of many moments that provided an opportunity and a window into the future and the potential to have prevented it from ever occurring.
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Occupational Health & Safety just published Part One of an article I wrote, Don't Wait for a Defining Moment - Create it. The article discusses how to engage employees in safety before  a possible unfortunate and tragic accidents requires change.

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How to safely manage crossing points in a facility 

How to safely manage crossing points in a facility  | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
How to safely manage crossing points in a facility

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