In challenging economic times it can be tempting to take a wait-and-see approach to new technologies and investments in safety or risk reduction strategies. After all, organizations are trying to preserve the bottom line and preserve jobs. This is understandable. However, with the advancements in technology, including native mobile applications and cloud applications and storage, it may be time to rethink investment strategies and to take advantage of short-term capabilities while planning for long-term cultural change. Cultural change in organizations typically does not come first, but follows other organizational changes, such as policies, programs, and technologies. This may be the time to look at ways to invest in safety technology and new programs to improve safety, organizational resilience, and human performance. This type of approach, combined with dedicated and committed leaders, teams, and employees, may help to lay the foundation for future long-term safety culture transformation.
Have a great and safe weekend!