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8 Sep 2015

Becoming Safety Unconscious

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Becoming Safety Unconscious

becoming safety unconsciousA Training Program to Develop Safe and Productive Work Habits in an Employee’s Behavior at Deep Inner Levels.

“Becoming Safety Unconscious” is a training program designed to develop safe and productive work habits in employees’ behavior at deep inner levels. It is a program consisting of state-of-the-art neuro-technology used to create dramatic change in human success and behavior. Complementing all previous safety and performance training, this program is filled with exercises that instill the importance of safety and performance within the employee’s thoughts and behaviors, linking safety and error free performance to an unconscious and automatic process. To understand how this is possible, lets take a look at the four phases of learning:

The first phase of learning is called being unconsciously incompetent. We are in this phase when we are unaware that the subject matter exists. An example of this would be if we were unaware that automobiles exist. Not only would we not know how to drive one, we wouldn’t even know there is such a thing.

The next phase of learning is conscious incompetence. We are in this phase when we know the subject matter exists, yet we are unaware of how to use it or perform it. Using the same example, we now know cars exist, but we have no idea how to drive one.

The next phase of learning is referred to as conscious competence. In this phase we are aware of the subject matter and are learning about it. In the example regarding the driving of a car, the new driver is aware of the automobile and is now learning how to drive one. This can be an awkward time as the student must consciously be aware of every step. To understand this you just have to remember your first attempts at driving. You had to be aware of steering and how much, operate 2-3 pedals, also notice road signs and potential hazards, and more, all at once. This is a lot for our conscious mind to be aware of. Frustration and mistakes can be a result.

The fourth and final phase of learning is becoming unconsciously competent. In this phase the conscious mind hands most of the work to the unconscious portion of our mind. In this phase what at first was awkward and hard, now is easy and automatic. Most of us drive our cars from this phase of learning. Driving for most of us is mainly automatic. We no longer have to be consciously aware of all the actions required to successfully drive a car. In fact, many drivers talk on the phone, adjust radio dials, and even shave while driving. This phase of learning is handy and a must to be competent as an employee. The down side is once this phase is achieved, the behavioral patterns are set.

In the example I have been using, you may have noticed that some drivers operate their cars more safely than others. The difference is a result of the experiences the driver had during this learning process and also the experiences that have happened since. If safety was the main focus when learning to drive, safe habits most likely resulted. This however isn’t always the case. Competing criteria like acceptance, recognition, performance and freedom can take precedence, and safety, while may be present, may have taken a back seat in the learning process. If this is the case, the driver will drive how they are comfortable at driving whether it be the safest way or not.

One way to change unsafe habits is for the unconscious portion of our minds to experience potential loss of what is considered important. This usually requires an accident, near accident or witnessing of an accident, and the realization that the areas considered most important to us are threatened by our current behavior. This can be a sad and extremely costly way to learn and the resulting fear can effect future performance. To avoid this reckoning is why I designed “Becoming Safety Unconscious”.

“Becoming Safety Unconscious” differs from most safety classes as it does not deal in a particular subject matter. It is an experiential workshop which allows the employee to be aware of what’s important to them about their career and allow them to consciously and unconsciously choose safety and error free productivity for their own personal benefit.

Safety programs are extremely important and are a must in the workplace. My years as a safety trainer have personally taught me how an informed employee can make a dramatic difference in achieving a safer environment. You may also have noticed that while all employees have had the opportunity to be informed of safety tips and rules, not all of them adopt this learning in their work habits. In order for the safety and performance information presented to become an automatic and adopted behavior, the employee must first consciously accept it, and even beyond their conscious awareness, must also unconsciously accept it. A person consciously may decide to quit smoking or lose weight, however to truly succeed they must also unconsciously want to achieve these same results. It is important to note that all learning, change and behavior is unconscious. If these things were solely a conscious decision we would be 100% successful in making radical changes in behavior by simply willing them to be so.

Many safety classes are not well received. Employees may feel the information presented to be redundant, and/or boring. Maybe the employee considered the meetings something the company must do and doesn’t really care about. Many safety classes get linked to negative associations in the mind, and as a result does not link the information presented to what is important to the employee. It is for this reason that I present my programs as informative and entertaining as I can, to differentiate from what may be expected. If the information presented is not accepted both consciously and unconsciously, change in behavior is limited.

“Becoming Safety Unconscious” is a general safety program that elicits from the employee what is important about their job to them. It gives the employee valuable information and neurological tools to foster their own personal success and happiness. It is filled with exercises that help remove internal conflict that can inhibit personal performance. It creates a bond between safety and error free job performance and what is truly important to the employee’s personal satisfaction. This program also includes exercises to allow the employee to gain new learning from past errors and correct potential future errors before they can have a chance to occur. This program is about changing potentially hazardous behavior at an unconscious level, creating a new safety consciousness, and a win/win environment for both employee and employer .

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