I recently celebrated my 54th birthday and I reflected on what an amazing journey my life has been and remains. I have a wonderful partner, amazing children (shown above), great family and friends. I also thought about what my contribution has been to community and to my work. I feel very fortunate to have been in positions where I could make a positive difference which I am very grateful for.
I am passionate about people having a great day at work and being safe while they are there. I remember the young people such as Shane Albino and Brodie Panlock badly affected by the workplace behaviour of others. Their experience of behaviour at work drives me to do what I do.
I have intentionally shifted the conversation about behaviour risk in workplaces so that we talk about workplace behaviour risk in the same way as we discuss trip hazards and machines missing a safety guard. There is no difference. These hazards potentially lead to serious injury.
I think about the four young adults in my immediate family. I wonder as they are starting out in work and in life, whether their workplaces will be safe for them. I hope so…. but ‘hope is not a strategy’. So please take a moment to watch an edited version of my presentation made to the Comcare 2014 National Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
I urge you to play a bigger game and not be satisfied if your organisation is focused on compliance instead of best practice. I also ask that you share my passion and this blog with your community. Powerful movements start with small beginnings.