Leading People To Use Their Brain As PPE

25 May 2022
12:10

Leading People To Use Their Brain As PPE

Leaders invest heavily in eliminating hazards, improving the safety systems and making safety more conscious. These have helped improve safety significantly during the last 50 years, and will continue to do so.
Today, we use these three approaches more than we have before, and we do it better than ever before. Yet, workplace fatalities in Australia have stagnated since 2014, as have the number of incidents, even those with serious consequences.

What are we missing?

Leaders understand that people “knowing what to do” is one thing, getting people to do it when it counts is quite another. Training is not enough.
Modern-day behavioral programs need adaptive leaders to collaborate genuinely with the workforce from a “whole-of-brain” perspective.
Leaders of these behavioral programs need to do three critical things well if the workforce is going to use their brain as personal protective equipment. These are:
1. “Know the way” – This is about knowing that behaviour is driven by the conscious mind as well as the subconscious. To influence behaviour effectively, we need to understand under which conditions each mind dominates.
2. “Show the way” – This is about coaching using specific methodologies for each brain mode and how to adapt from one to the other.
3. “Go the way” – This is about appreciating that being human is a universal constant. As such, everyone (leaders included) needs to be active participants as well as model the right behaviour.
Case studies will show the positive impact of modern-day “whole-of-brain” behavioral programs on safety performance and psychological safety.