From: Mary Beth Mulcahy <mulcahy.marybeth**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Sidney Dekker: Employees-- a problem to control or a solution to harness?
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:31:07 -0600
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Someone forwarded me this article, and I think it is a worthy one to share with the group, just based on the title alone (see link below).

The questions posed at the end of the article are fantastic. Here are a couple of examples:

Is safety being measured mostly as an absence of bad events? Or is the focus on looking for the presence of positive capacities in people, teams, organization?

Are safety policies mostly organized around limiting, constraining and controlling what people do? Or do the policies actually empower people, encourage them to share or invite them to help innovate?
When observing a worker acting unsafely, do you just tell him/her not to do it? Or do you try to understand why it made sense to do what s/he did?

Are you, as ASSE laureate Corrie Pitzer would ask, telling people that you will lead them into safety, and are you making them risk averse? Or, are you honest about actually leading them into danger each day, and your wanting them to be risk competent?

Mary Beth

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