October 12 2020
By: Terry L. Mathis
I recently moved to a new area and quickly learned my way to my most frequent destinations. Then I had to make a trip to one remote location, then to another one. I was unsure of the best route between the two, so I put the destination in my phone GPS and proceeded according to its directions. I reached my destination but had no sense of exactly what route I took or how it compared to others.
Back in the day of roadmaps, I had a great sense of where I was and where I was going. GPS is great for turn-by-turn instructions but lacks the big-picture view that the old maps provide.
When we give workers step-by-step safety instructions or procedures without helping them to see the big picture, we rob them of an important vision of safety. If they someday need to navigate through a new situation or face a new risk, they need to know more than a few steps. They need to know the direction and distance. Make sure workers know what safety is and not just how to do a few common tasks safely.
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.