Category Archives: workplace safety

Harm prevention needs to look beyond the individual into the corporate and the systemic

Young Drivers Of Canada

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So it’s my birthday today and I got thinking about my driver training I received when I turned 16.

  • Look ahead
  • Look where you want to go
  • Shoulder check and mirror check
  • Drive, according to the weather conditions
  • Anticipate problems and have room to react

Still no accidents and I can attribute this to my excellent driver training.

We can apply this same train of thought to successful businesses and how to avoid pitfalls or failure. Look ahead, anticipate problems and deal with them before they become problems.

Evaluate your business, look ahead, where do you want to go?

Is it possible to achieve a high-five slapping, relaxed, stress free work environment?

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We’ve all worked in places where we had stress from high demands, low reward, unreasonable expectations, gossip and even political games that can get pretty nasty!

Some of us have had the privilege of working in an almost utopia of positive reinforcement by senior staff combined with a genuine caring for your over all well-being.  Everyone is made to feel welcome and part of a team. It’s relaxed, stress free and you may even get excited about going to work to do the best job you can!

I am a fan of the T.V. series Undercover Boss, mostly because it’s shed a light on the subject of psychosocial aspects in the workplace.  I like how the “boss” connects with the regular workers and listens to their concerns.  The “boss” always addresses the concerns and even finds a way to reward peoples loyalty and dedication with great gifts.

So  is it possible to achieve a happy, stress free workplace?  YES, only if the boss is behind it 100%.  Without that clear support from the top it wont have legs and eventually it will fade away.

 

If you build it, they will come!

Heat Stress

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When workers are hot and sweaty they need plenty of water to hydrate themselves to prevent heat stroke.  In the military Commanders give orders for personnel to drink water when it is hot, and believe me, you have to drink the whole bottle.

I have taken this one step further by handing out freezes or ice cream to workers when it is very hot.  I am amazed at the reaction I get each time.  Most of the time I am greeted by a very big smile with many thanks with much appreciation.

Something as simple as a Mr. Freeze or ice cream can give your workers  confidence that you really care about their psychosocial state, which is a very inexpensive investment on your bottom line  gains.

Make it fun, wear a bell or a goofy had and watch the results of a simple approach to heat stress!

Testing for Psychosocial Health

If you are interested in exploring the positive benefits of psychosocial health and how to vastly improve your work environment, this video is for you!