One of your readers recently emailed: “I have always found it interesting that the ES&H function in a significant number of corporations is managed, note I did not say led, by executives who have failed somewhere else in their corporation and are clueless when it comes to ES&H activities.”
I was wondering about how you handle it when a community member doubts the stakeholder engagement process – believes that it is false and misleading, and that there has always been a hidden agenda. Clearly how the decision was made, how stakeholders’ views were championed by people inside the organization, how stakeholders had access to the internal decision-makers, and how the final decision was influenced (if only a little) by stakeholders’ input are all key messages.
In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) is the agency charged with assuring ‘safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.’
As people were gathering for the meeting, Ami, the safety professional who had brought me to their site, thanked one of the employees for being at the evening session. The employee replied, “Management ‘strongly recommended’ we attend.” By the tone of his voice, he made it clear his leadership was doing all but making attendance at the meeting mandatory.
It’s important to realize the leading reason for people leaving their job is, “They don’t like their supervisor or their boss.” Now consider that safety pros understand how meaningful their job is, and thus are more likely than others to put up with a non-supportive boss. Others quit their job. More safety pros stick with their meaningful work in spite of a “bad” boss than do other workers.
Researchers say negative affects shouldn’t be ignored, though
December 2, 2013
Playing video games, including violent shooter games, may boost children’s learning, health and social skills, according to a review of research on the positive effects of video game play published by the American Psychological Association (APA).
I like Subway and a few times a month I eat there. But there’s one location I no longer visit. Here’s why. There’s a young worker who is impolite, very impersonal, and at times, just downright mean and nasty. She certainly takes the “customer” out of “customer service.” I stopped going there because it’s a negative experience and I have alternatives.
More than half of Americans, 55 percent, said they feel stressed during their everyday life, according to a Healthy World Report released by TeleVox entitled "A Stressed Nation: Americans Search for a Healthy Balance."
It’s long been a beef with safety and health pros that senior leaders, with the rare exception, just don’t get safety. Business bosses don’t study it in business school, and since safety is a cost center and not a profit generator, leadership spends little time studying safety issues. Health issues, with their more delayed consequences and debatable connection to worker lifestyle issues (smoking, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse) are even further off the executive radar screen.