Times, they have been changing!

Times of downsizing, upsizing, re-engineering, reorganization, restructuring, etc. present challenges for the safety, health and well-being of all levels of employees on and off the job. For safety, health and responsible treatment of the environment to become integral to your organizational culture, during these and/or stable times, each of these elements must be viewed by all levels of employees as essential to the productivity process. Safety, health and the environment must be on par with quality, the production process, cost management, etc.

Everyone must recognize their responsibility and accountability for the well being of one another and the world we live in. Critical to achieving this objective is management's commitment to choose those actions which will demonstrate a concern for the person and the environment. The organizations' culture must be enhanced so that safety, health and the environment are viewed and demonstrated by all as key values and priorities. Consciously or unconsciously, times of change can transfer time, energy, focus, attention, and resources to other priorities. The vision or ideal state of the company, as viewed and held by both management and labor leaders must include the safety, health and well-being of all of its' employees and the people they influence, locally and globally, and be translated into everyday activities to insure that safety, health and environmental incidents do not occur during these challenging times.

People do get hurt!

Even though people do not want to get hurt they sometimes consciously or unconsciously behave in an unsafe manner. These actions may result in an accident, injury, or environmental incident. Positive or negative circumstances during times of change can be such a distracting influence, that incident rates can rise.

The root causes of unsafe behaviors result from various human factors which include awareness and attention factors, as well as, counterproductive attitudes, beliefs, and values (from all levels of employees) which can influence an individual to place other priorities first. From past experience, individuals can also develop a false sense of security regarding their own or others ability to control or protect themselves as they carry out their work.

Today, given all the changes that have been occurring, whether positive or negative, safety professionals, managers, supervisors, and line/labor leaders are managing multiple priorities. Each person is taking on more and responsibility. There appears to be a constant state of change and flux in most companies. Companies are redefining themselves. There are upheavals due to the various types of issues and changes that are occurring.

Everyone is impacted!

What is the personal and group impact of these types of changes in companies today? How do all the various changes affect employees at all levels personally, as well as, on other employees and S, H & E performance? What are the changing roles of safety professionals and management and line leadership and what are the skills needed for effectively dealing with change on a personal and organizational level? Are people's attitudes towards change-all bad?

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