Every Friday we pass on a few articles, pictures, videos, infographics, etc. we enjoyed throughout the week in a “Best of the Week” post. Have a great weekend!
In memory of Steve Jobs passing away this week, here is an incredible speech he gave at the 2005 Stanford commencement.
When ‘Pretty Good’ Isn’t Good Enough
By: Aaron Morrow
Morrow’s claim is that saying, “Our safety program is pretty good” should be a bright red flag to safety professionals everywhere – if not, we’re in trouble!
Many times, staying on schedule and on budget can trump the safety program. Staying on schedule and on budget is important, but should not come before the safety of people. I think Morrow really slams his point home when he says, “Ask anyone who has been involved or witnessed a work-related accident/fatality and tell me what that does to your schedule and profit.”
Want to Make a Healthy Change – Start With The Right Goal
By: AnnMarie Dadoly
Dadoly gives many great suggestions on how to set the right goal for your health, including the S.M.A.R.T. goal format:
S — Set a very specific goal. For example, “I will add one fruit serving—that’s half a cup, chopped—to my current daily diet.”
M — Find a way to measure progress. In the case above, “I will log my efforts each day on my calendar.”
A — Make sure it’s achievable. Be sure you’re physically capable of safely accomplishing your goal. If not, aim for a smaller goal.
R — Make sure it’s realistic. Again, choosing the change you most need to make—let’s say, quitting smoking or losing weight—isn’t as successful as choosing the change you’re most confident you’ll be able to make. Focus on a goal that is both important to you and is comfortably within your grasp. If you picture a 10-point scale of confidence in achieving your goal, where 1 equals no confidence and 10 equals 100% certainty, you should land in the 7-to-10 zone. An additional fruit serving a day is a small, manageable step toward better health.
T — Set time commitments. Pick a date and time to start—”Wednesday at breakfast, I’ll add frozen blueberries to cereal”—and regular check-in dates—”I’ll check my log every week and decide if I should make any changes in my routines to succeed.” When setting commitments, outside deadlines can be really helpful. Signing up for a charity run or a sprint triathlon on a certain date prods you to get a training program under way.
From the Ergonomics Plus Blog this week – “Ergonomics At Work”