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Future-Proof Your Safety

Mon, 12/03/2018

Smart phones and social media have completely changed our society – some aspects for the better, some… not so much.  The rise of social networking may silently be creating the largest cultural gap between generations we have ever seen.  Many of the next generation define who they are via technology and have not known a world without it.  The seasoned veterans of the workforce may have trouble relating to those who live their life online.  But whether we like it or not, this technological culture is here to stay.  So, how do we harness its strengths?  Because the only way we are going to usher our strong Safety Culture into the future, is to integrate it into a medium that the future workforce will want to use.

The first step (and maybe most obvious) is digitizing your safety.  The young people coming into our organizations conduct a good portion of their interactions in life via technological means.  Why would we make the safety processes they will use every day, while conducting their work, any different?  If we truly want to garner their buy-in and have them embody the organizational Safety Culture, it must be delivered via a medium they can understand and, more than that, want to make use of.

The second step is making sure that digital resource is highly customizable, so you can manipulate it to integrate the knowledge of the experienced members of the workforce.  Digitizing our processes is the future, but if the resource we deploy can’t create an informational bridge between seasoned and new workers, it will be worthless.

The third step is making sure the resource’s user interface is friendly and familiar.  If an app is too difficult to use, too clunky or not in touch with the modern approach for application design – no one will want to use it.  Digitizing your safety should augment efficiency, not detract from it.

The fourth step is having a solution where communication within its environment is enabled and encouraged.  The next generation of workers craves feedback.  They want to know how they are doing.  If they are made to operate within a digital vacuum, it will not feel like they are capturing information in a living environment and their drive to continue healthy contribution to the process will be lost.  The next generation of the workforce needs that aspect of connectivity, where they feel that their contribution is meaning and being reviewed and share amongst their team.  If we fail to leverage technology to create a social community around safety, buy-in will not be maximized.

The fifth step is to evolve and grow.  Technology is always changing, and we should continue to adapt our safety to grow with it.  There are many steps to take in transitioning to the new workforce regime.  Fortunately, resources like the SayleSafety Hazard Assessment App can encourage the path to digitization.  Attract the best up-and-comers with the resources that will make them believe they are joining an organization that is future-thinking.