Psychology

Why do we break the rules?

Short-cutters get work done and praise from managers
By James E. Leeman Ph.D.
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Why do employees break the rules? Let me take the liberty to focus on reasons that appear to be surfacing more often today according to my experiences


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The Behavior-based safety death spiral

Five keys to recharge an observation process
By Chuck Pettinger
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Can organizations learn anything from the simple ant?


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Are we addicted to stress?

For many, pending deadlines and packed schedules are not overwhelming, but instead can be a driving force that pushes them toward greater productivity. We have processes to streamline, goals to achieve, promotions to earn, debt to eliminate, exercise regimes to master, dreams to chase, and people to help and inspire.


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The elephant in the boardroom

How depression and stress kill productivity
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In a hypercompetitive global economy, organizations must be “on” 24/7. Yet this scramble for perpetual performance is taking a harsh toll on employees. They relentlessly push to get ahead and stay ahead—working longer days, emailing after hours, taking fewer vacations—often with little acknowledgment for their efforts.


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How people get into a “stuck state”

And here’s how to get them thinking – and creating ideas -- positively
By John Drebinger Jr.

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you were having trouble coming up with an idea? Have you ever observed someone at work saying, "I can't do that" and then nothing happened, or you said, I can't do that" and find that you're stuck?


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President Truman and anger management in safety

By Mike Williamsen Ph.D., CSP

Former U.S. president Harry Truman had a rule: any letters written in anger had to sit on his desk 24 hours before they could be mailed. If at the end of the “cooling off” period, he still felt the same sentiments, he would send the letter. By the end of his life, the letters that Truman never mailed filled a large desk drawer.


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The power of the written word

By John Drebinger Jr.

Have you ever given thought to how powerful the written word is? Safety speakers and safety professionals are primarily communicators. Understanding the tools we use to communicate is critical to our success. In our field, you often hear phrases such as, “walking your talk,” “being a safety example” and the ever popular, “actions speak louder than words.” I would suggest words are, in fact, actions. 


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5 essential building blocks for a thriving work culture

You've got to have the right players in place, says “Coolest Young Entrepreneur”
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What makes a successful business thrive? That’s what eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs would like to know, because their businesses fail within the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg.  


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Comprehensive workplace safety programs emphasize psychological safety

By Karen O'Hara
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Employees naturally want to feel “psychologically safe” when they express emotions, air complaints, or make suggestions. You know your workplace is psychologically safe when employees take interpersonal risks when communicating with team members and up the chain of command.


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Ways to become "mindful" – always a helpful safety state of mind

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 Learning to focus the mind can be a powerful antidote to the stresses and strains of our on-the-go lives, according to a Harvard Medical School special report. It also can tremendously benefit overall safety alertness on the job. 


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