Good Morning Team!
I really hope that no one is truly surprised to hear this, but it’s Tax Day! If you are surprised, no worries, you still have until midnight tonight to get them filed. That is as long as you can get them postmarked or electronically filed before then. I myself often wait, or procrastinate, until near the deadline for reasons even I am no longer clear on, though this year I managed to get them completed early last week. 😊 The truth is, procrastination, is sometimes a universal human condition. Unfortunately, procrastination in anything safety related, can be deadly.
Webster’s defines procrastination as: intentionally putting off something that should be done. There should be no problem then with understanding that in relation to safety. If you intentionally put off performing a risk assessment on that project you’re about to start or decide to forgo getting and wearing the appropriate PPE necessary when you do, then you fit that definition very well. The penalty for doing so may not only result in a monetary fine – like you might expect in filing your taxes late – but could also lead to actual pain and suffering, or worse, for you or another.
Procrastination is the bane of the workplace and we’ve no doubt all done it at one point or another in our lives. We sometimes do it because the task is unpleasant, boring, or inconvenient. Other times we may feel overwhelmed, have no motivation, or are just too lazy. Not only an unhealthy habit, but a behavior with very complex causes, we probably don’t really plan to procrastinate, but may find ourselves simply caught up in the habit of doing so. Sometimes our actions, or the lack thereof, are summarized by; over promising and under delivering, not following up or following through, being slow to respond, or a lack of engagement.
Here are some basic strategies for overcoming any personal procrastination habits you might have. I believe they apply not only to whatever our work product truly is, but also to safety as well.
Procrastination in our workplaces is an expensive overall cost to business and while difficult to measure it is surely making a negative impact. Let it seep into our safety practices and its impact will be felt much more swiftly. Doing everything we can to combat procrastination results in safer more productive businesses. If you have a personal problem with procrastination, there are multiple self-help books, websites and other resources available to help you overcome it. Don’t let this Mark Twain attributed quote be your own mantra; “Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do the day after tomorrow.” Instead, let this Benjamin Franklin quote be the light for your path; “Never put off until tomorrow, what can be done today.”
Have a very productive and safe week.
Director of Facilities Services