Psychology

Why you should never give up on working with fanatics

February 5, 2014

I’m currently working with an outrage management issue and would to ask you what you would do. The majority of people in a local community I am working with would like us to do a fuel reduction burn to reduce the fuel hazards surrounding their township. There are a small group of “fanatics” that are quite passionate about stopping the burning in this space.


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7 tips to ignite positivity at home, work and play

January 21, 2014

As we all strive to meet our new year's resolutions, being positive plays a major role in our success. "We strive to strengthen, develop and increase healthy functional relationships at home, work and play. The goal of positive psychology is to reduce unhealthy negativity and to increase overall well-being and flourishing relationships," says Positive Psychology expert Sherry Blair.

 


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“My manager doesn’t understand me” – could be the safety profession’s oldest lament

January 17, 2014

I quite often hear the lament from the safety fraternity that "my manager doesn't understand me ...".To this I reply - when one understands the myriad of demands placed upon C-level personnel, why should it be incumbent upon them to "learn the language of safety (environment, labour laws, accounting, IP, IT, etc). Rather, if safety pro's are so keen to have their voices heard, the responsibility should be on them to learn the language of management, and place their commentary in the management context.


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“It’s a tough job but we want to do it”

“The beatings will continue until morale in this organization improves”
December 27, 2013

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.”


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When your engagement process is attacked as a “farce”

December 19, 2013

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.


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Differences in UK and USA worker safety – attention to job stress and bullying

December 19, 2013

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.’


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Reminding management of the importance of your safety activities

December 12, 2013

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.


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Safety pros hang in there

December 11, 2013

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.


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Video games may actually be good for kids – in some ways

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).


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Your sphere of influence

November 29, 2013

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.


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