When it comes to workplace hazard, you probably think of wet floors, large machinery and even powerful tools. If you are like many people, your own brain doesn’t even make the list of what could pose a risk to you on the job. According to report released earlier this month, your brain could be working against you while you are performing your job duties.
The report suggests that the way companies are organized does not always align with the way that the brains of their workers function. This is easier to understand when you consider the following example:
Your spouse asks you to do something with some urgency in their voice. Your brain interprets this to mean the thing needs to be done right now. Later, your spouse asks why that thing was done instead of something else, and you explain that you believed it needed to happen right away. Your spouse tells you that that wasn’t the case at all.
Situations like this happen to all of us. A person says and means one thing, but it is interpreted as something else entirely by the listener. We say something to a person and they hear something completely different. It happens in our personal lives, and it happens on job sites. Unfortunately, when it happens on job sites, people can be injured.
Researchers suggest that supervisors and managers need to speak plainly and clearly to their employees. Effective communication is one of the first way that workplace hazards can be avoided. Telling someone to take their time to do a job and get it right the first time is often more effective, from a safety standpoint, than asking someone to get a job done as quickly as possible.
It can be difficult for anyone, including employers, to speak to people in a way that is easy to clearly understand. We all interpret things based on what we are thinking at the moment, our desires and our past experiences. Paying attention to and being trained in the processes of the human brain can help employers to avoid many workplace accidents.
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