As explained in Briefing No 7, the subconscious works automatically and we are hardly aware of it. We have to become more aware of the messages the subconscious sends us to keep us safe.
Here are six ways to condition the subconscious to help us more.
- Pay attention more to “GUT FEELINGS”. Often, it’s just a vague feeling of “something is not right here”. However, the more we pay attention, the more the subconscious will do for us. Listen for and feel the signals (a feeling of uneasiness). Then stop the job and check – it may be nothing, but it could be an accident waiting to happen.
- You have to convince the subconscious to BELIEVE that when a manager says, “I want you to stop unsafe jobs and there will be no repercussion”, he/she means it. If the subconscious doesn’t believe, it will encourage you NOT to stop. Test your beliefs.
- As a manager/supervisor GO BEYOND WORDS – stop jobs yourself and praise openly and often (and reward) people who do. The subconscious regards actions more than words and moves people more easily toward pleasure (praise).
- EXPECT zero accidents. Let the subconscious know what you want. A lot of books have been written on this. The subconscious is not stupid. It knows that it is very likely that you’ll have a mishap in the next 20 years! But you have to convince the subconscious that you really do want zero. Even if it’s for a day, a week a month and a year.
- When someone stops a job for safety and you as a supervisor say, “okay – well done”. Make sure you MATCH FACIAL EXPRESSION AND BODY LANGUAGE with the words. If you scowl or show you’re upset (even unknowingly). The subconscious of the person who stopped will take that to mean it’s not okay.
- The subconscious has been conditioned to make you work quickly so as not to waste time and money and also to be loyal to the team (tribe). However, what’s the point of being loyal if you lose a leg or an eye. So, re-condition the subconscious by saying over and over again “I AM A GOOD PERSON BECAUSE I WORK AS QUICKLY AS SAFETY PERMITS AND LOYALTY IS BAD IF IT RESULTS IN SOMEONE BEING HURT”.
In Safety Briefing No 9, I will share more of what we can do to train our subconscious to help us work even more safely.
As always, your feedback is very welcome. If there are any topics you’d like covered in future Safety Briefings, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Safety Briefings (Copyright © 2019 Safety Improvers) are distributed free in the interests of helping people work more safely: enrol here.