Aug 14, 2019
The best safety leaders aren't chained to their desks. Rather, they are present in the moment.Are you? Here's a likely scenario: You are a safety manager and have earned the reputation as a problem solver.
Your reputation sets the standard of human performance factors. Are too many people making demands on your time in issues unrelated to safety —simply because you've of your reputation as the go-to solver of all problems? Does this cause you to feel overextended with too many items on your task lists and dwindling minutes to accomplish them? If this is you, you're not alone. Professional burnout might be imminent, even with the best intentions. Here's the good news: you can turn this pattern around. The very first step to reverse the trend is to recognize that sometimes you are the very cause of that chaos in your brain. So are you ready to unchain your brain from the shackles of work burnout? Deep breath. Here's what you do. Get out a pen and paper--Yes, that's right, nothing electronic--and write down everything you need to accomplish on a particular day at work. This process helps the brain remember and clarify all the work tasks that have to be undertaken. These tasks can be both significant and trivial. The important thing is to write them down. Be clear about what it is you stand for. What is your purpose as a person in the culture of safety in your organization, not just as a safety leader? What is the desired outcome of what you want to accomplish and from there you can determine the path ahead to achieve those desired goals? The key here is to be present in every moment. If your mind drifts to what you don't want to happen, train your mind back on the stated purpose. This will help keep you present and in the moment. Here are 10 practical steps to taking control of your day as a safety leader:
Dave Blanchard | Aug 14, 2019 - Do you ever pass by a mirror at work and not recognize yourself? Are too many people making demands on your time that aren’t even safety issues—just because you’ve got the reputation as a problem-solver? Do you sometimes feel like your brain is full, with no room for anything else? In short, do you have too much to do and too little time to do it?
If so, then chances are you’re feeling overwhelmed. But the good news, according to Joe Korpi, manager, safety and health at Renewable Energy Group, a producer and supplier of renewable fuels and chemicals, is there’s help for you.