Tag: safety

A Safer Personality

Conventional wisdom says on-the-job training that focuses on education, equipment, and protocol leads to safer employees. While this line of thought has certainly lowered the number of workplace injuries, it tends to ignore research that shows that a worker’s personality and behavior play key roles in creating a culture of safety.

Q&A: Personality and Safety

For companies in every industry, worker safety is a major concern; companies spent billions of dollars a year on equipment and training aimed at creating a safer workforce. Yet, in 2013 alone, 4,405 U.S. workers died on the job. In this Q&A, Hogan consultant Kristen Switzer discusses the missing component in workplace safety – personality…. Read more »

3 Steps to Improving Patient Safety

According to a 2013 survey from insurance provider AIG, negative organizational culture is the number one barrier to patient safety in the healthcare industry. While preventable medical errors is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., it is also one of the highest expenses for healthcare providers –“half of every dollar spent on… Read more »

First, Do No Harm

First, do no harm – a phrase typically associated with the Hippocratic oath medical students take before transitioning into a licensed professional. While nurses and doctors pledge to uphold the highest standard of medical care possible, in corporate healthcare, some aspects of patient safety fall through the cracks.

Typewriter Bites Girl

We got a kick out of this U.S. Navy office safety video from the 1940s.

A clear fact in a murky situation: safety was not a concern

On January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia luxury cruise liner passed approximately 150 meters off the island of Giglio, striking rocks that would tear a 50 meter gash in its hull. According to the ship’s operator, Costa Cruises, the captain of the ship, Francesco Schettino, made an unauthorized and unapproved maneuver, veering off his pre-approved… Read more »

In Times of Crisis, Be Careful Who You Follow

A group of young hikers, anxious to explore the treacherous mountain ranges of Alaska, interviewed a number of guides at a remote outpost. “Yep, I’m the best there is,” bragged an older, very weathered looking man; “I know every mountain and valley in Alaska – been hiking them for over 50 years.“

High Stakes Hiring

Like many people, my coworker is afraid of flying. We encourage him to take sleeping pills and try to distract him with entertaining stories during takeoff, but despite our best efforts, he usually remains anxious throughout the flight.