These four areas are:
Most organisations have a set of values that outline the principles of what the business sees as important, which guides how workers should align their behaviours.
However, individuals bring their own sets of values, shaped by their personal lives and previous experiences. Often people are unaware that their personal values drive their decisions. When an individual’s values differ from those of their employer, there’s a likelihood of resistance to adopting safe behaviors or staying long-term at the organisation without encountering conflicts.
To bridge this gap, organisations should ensure that employees not only understand the ‘why’ behind company values but also grasp what these values look like in practice, specifically in behaviors.
Encouraging workers to reflect deeply on their personal values helps them understand the alignment between personal and organisation values, the outcomes on their well-being, the well-being of colleagues, and the significance of ensuring everyone returns safely to their families each day.
A belief is an idea you hold as true which heavily influences behaviour and is informed by our past experiences and what is occurring around us. To change beliefs we need to recognise recurring patterns in how we interpret events and make decisions, and then identify and challenge any misguided beliefs that undermine safe behaviours
Mindset refers to the thought patterns that shape how individuals perceive and approach various aspects of life, including challenges, tasks, and situations. Mindsets influence behavior, decisions, and responses to different circumstances and tasks.
A mindset that prioritises speed over safety means there could be a likelihood of ignoring safety protocols to just get the job done quickly. However, a safety-oriented mindset that consciously prioritises the work done safely, even if it requires additional time, ensures the well-being of everyone involved.
4. Attitude: In the context of creating a safety-focused workplace, attitudes—how we feel about things—play a significant role in connecting with people personally. Whether we’re positive, negative, or neutral, our attitude shapes how we act and behave in a situation and impacts the approach taken towards safety measures.
For example, if a worker has a negative attitude towards a safety policy or procedure, they might not follow them when doing tasks. Encouraging a positive attitude not only influences individual actions but also helps create a culture where everyone values safety and acts responsibly at work.