The Road to The New Normal: Safety, Psychology & Risk

Jul 29, 2020

Understanding why your people don’t engage with your safety tools, the risks associated with the return to a ‘new normal’ and what you can do about it

The uncertainty created by current events, including COVID-19, has led to increased stress, distraction and anxiety in the workplace. And while we may find ourselves on the road to a ‘new normal’, many organisations still need to navigate change, challenge and uncertainty on a daily basis. There’s no more important time than now for workers to be able to recognise hazards and make helpful choices around safety.

But with increased distractions at work and at home, such as threats to job security and ambiguity of what’s next, workers are at increased risk of incident and injury. So, how do you ensure that your people make conscious safe choices every day, even in times of challenge and uncertainty?

In many organisations, workers adopt a ‘tick and flick’ approach to risk assessment tools and processes. This compliance behaviour stems from unhelpful attitudes around the risk assessment process and can be challenging to address. To shift behaviour, we need to unpack the attitudes leaders and workers have around risk assessment tools and processes.

Only with helpful attitudes and a positive mindset around safety will we see workers truly engage in the risk identification and management process, particularly during challenging periods.

In this webinar, we explored:

  • The impact of hindering attitudes towards risk assessments
  • The organisational processes that can contribute to unhelpful attitudes within the business
  • Strategies and techniques to influence more helpful attitudes

Supporting Resources

  1. Webinar Slides
  2. Supporting Worksheet

To learn more about Sentis diagnostic tools, our Insights-to-Action Roadmap and how we can help you to create safety culture change in your organisation, get in touch.

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