The festive season is behind us and we are into the new year, which brings optimism and enthusiasm, hence the setting ofNew Year’s resolutions.
It’s when we usually reflect on the last 12 monthsand begin to ponder what we could do better or what we would like to improve on.
For most, our focus is on our personal goals, but what about business goals? What are those changes we could make to improve our current safety performance?
We often hear that our New Year’s goals are very soon forgotten. Why?
Maybe we haven’t thought them through enough or tried too hard to make the changes in one big hit instead of planning our safety goals in simple achievable steps, such as through a safety program and initiative.
These incremental changes contribute to the process of continuous improvement, which aids the development of an effective safety management system.
Establishing goals can be challenging and might look insurmountable and overwhelming. The trick is to reduce them into small bite-sized pieces that are realistic and manageable.
Try using these simple steps to break them down:
Identify what you would like to achieve within your intended time frameIdentify the first thing you need to do or could do to get startedAsk yourself if this is achievable, and if notDo you need to break it up to smaller tasks?How much time can you give to each task?How, when and where will you fit this in your schedule?Write the task on your to do listAllocate days and times in your diary orschedule in order to implement these tasks.Having planned and prioritised your goals andbroken them into small achievable pieces, the next stage is the implementation of your scheduled plan.
Often we are too hard on ourselves and that can be why we give up easily. If you blunder or miss a scheduled task, to get back on track all we need to do is refer to the scheduled plan.
Writingsafety programs as well as safety initiatives can keep our targets and goals in focus.
On top of this, regularly reviewing safety programs can:
Bring clarity on what needs to be achievedMotivateus on what actions need to be takenProvide a filter for other opportunitiesHelp overcome resistance, andAssist with monitoring and measuring your ongoing progress.Lao TzuFaith Eeson is a principalsafety consultant atFOCCALE Safety Management PLAN: Establishing goals can be challenging and might look overwhelming. The trick is to reduce them into small bite-sized pieces that are realistic and manageable.