Attitude and Safety – Safety Talk

In what ways does attitude affect the way you work and how safe you are at work?  Currently, how would you describe your attitude? Even though we all have days when our overall attitude could be improved, how are you doing towards your coworkers, your boss, or your safety on a day-to-day basis? Would a more positive attitude make any difference to how you lead your life and how you work if you generally have a negative outlook?

Positive Attitude and Health

There are many reasons why it is important to maintain a positive attitude in life. The obvious reasons for this practice are that it improves your mood and makes you more enjoyable to be around, but researchers have recently begun to look at how it may be beneficial to our health. According to Mayo Clinic, the following benefits may be obtained:

  • Increased life expectancy
  • Reduced rates of depression
  • Reduction in distress
  • Enhanced resistance to the common cold
  • Better mental and physical health
  • Reduction in the risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better ability to cope during times of hardships and stress

Attitude and Safety on the Job

If you have a negative attitude toward work, it can lead to carelessness, complacency, shortcuts, or even distract you from completing a work task. When it comes to safety specifically, having a negative attitude is bound to result in dangerous behaviors. Oftentimes, unsafe behaviors on the job result in traumatic incidents or property damage, leading to injuries and even death. Does your attitude towards safety, in general, have a negative view? If so, what are the reasons for this?

How to Improve Your Attitude

In the following steps, you will find instructions that will assist you in improving your attitude.

1. Recognize The Issue

The first step to improving attitude is to recognize whether there is a tendency for it to slant toward the negative. Think for a moment about your attitude at the moment and why it is the way it is right now. For example, if it’s a negative score, then you’ll need to focus on improving it so that you can be both safer and more efficient.

2. Identify The Source Of The Issues

As soon as you recognize the state of your attitude, you will need to find out what the root of the problem is that makes it such a negative one. What are you worried about? Are you concerned about somebody at work? Do you have a problem with your family? Regardless of what the cause may be, you should take note of the source of negativity.

3. Address The Issues

If you are having a negative effect on your attitude, then take the time to recognize what it is that is causing it. Have a conversation with a co-worker or boss about the issue if it is related to a co-worker or boss. The majority of workplace problems can be solved by communication or a tool box talk. You may need to take the issue to another level of management for resolution if you can’t resolve the problem with the other person.

4. Remain Aware Of Your Attitude

You should do a daily self-check to make sure that you are on the right track. Observing what you think or what your conversations with others are like is a good way to accomplish this. You can identify this by your well-worded negative conversations more than your positive ones. This is usually a sign that you need to improve your attitude, so do it today. When you have a lot of stressors in your life again, it’s easy for your attitude to tip towards the negative side and you begin to lose sight of the positive side. In both your personal and professional lives, you will always encounter challenges that you’ll have to overcome, but it’s important to not let them have a negative impact on you for an extended period of time.

Discussion Points

  • Would you consider attitude to be a large factor when it comes to safety?
  • Consider a situation where you had to work with someone who you did not like. What kind of impact did it have on your work?

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