A safe organisation is not an organisation that has reduced the harm it does to people. Safety isn’t the absence of physical harm, even emotional, mental or spiritual harm. We don’t believe that safety is the absence of anything.
To find enduring solutions in safety, we need to spend less time and energy trying to avoid the current situation we find ourselves in by working harder to eliminate the bad things that cause us so much pain. We need to look outside of the normal models and thinking that contribute to making the results we are getting inevitable. We need to start from a place that is outside these current models and thinking.
What we believe is that safety is the presence of all the things that are good about organisations of the world. We believe that safety is about bringing people alive, noticing where that happens and creating from that space. We also believe that people are the source of creating safety, as an infinite source of inspiration and solutions, where people are not the problem or something that needs to be managed.
It helps us to look for places where people are brought alive, where they are connected to something bigger than themselves and their current work. This is where they are most connected to their Higher Purpose, – their cause or belief… because this is the starting point for redefining what we mean by ‘Safety’ or a ‘Safe’ company. Then we need to create these organisations. We call them Why-Based Organisations.
Treating Safety as something separate from everything else that we do, is often another part of the current paradigm that is deep in our psychology. We want to do work that matters, do it productively and safely.
We have moved beyond safety being simply the absence of harm done to people. Today, we consider that Safety is one of humankind’s most fundamental concerns. In everything we undertake, we all hope to remain intact and free from harm – and having learned something from the experience we can take into the next endeavour.
The indicators we use predominantly measures the absence of harm, e.g. number of incidents/days since last LTIs or are they the presence of what we want, e.g. trust, openness, collaboration, communication? These may appear to be harder to measure but is that response just part of us slipping back to the current paradigm?
Let’s cause a revolution in the world of safety, let’s notice where things go well, learn from them, reinforce them and create the sort of organisations where people thrive.
If you are interested in creating this world, a world where safety is not defined by the absence of anything, but is defined by people thriving, doing their lives’ work and choosing to lead themselves and those around them, please join us.
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