Author:andrew-sharman

Happy and here

Happy and here 10th Dec 2020 In an always-on world, it’s often easier to identify feelings of distress and unhappiness rather than their positive counterparts. Many people find it easier to declare, “I’m pissed off!” than to say, “I’m happy”. Professor Andrew Sharman reflects on the science of happiness. Happiness is a hard topic to pin down. After all, what makes you happy may not make others happy. According to Aristotle: “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, […]

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A little goes a long way

A little goes a long way 8th Oct 2020 Professor Dr Andrew Sharman challenges the way we’ve been looking at safety performance and offers an alternative approach to driving significant and sustainable safety improvement. A common mantra is, “Good safety is good business” – but how do we quantify the value that good safety performance brings? A common method is to measure the number of accidents that occur. According to research by the International Labour Organization and the US National Safety […]

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A brave new world

A brave new world 17th Aug 2020 Professor Dr Andrew Sharman, global thought leader, safety culture expert and president of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), discusses leadership lessons from the coronavirus pandemic and highlights how you can create a culture of care in a post-pandemic world First, I sincerely hope that this message finds you and your loved ones healthy, safe and coping as well as you possibly can as the pandemic continues. Wherever you are, for […]

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Selling safety

Can ideas that work well in the world of sales be applied to improving health and safety performance in the workplace? ANDREW SHARMAN and DARREN SUTTON outline some concepts The frenzy which surrounded recent Black Friday sales across the world got us thinking: what if we sold safety in the same way? What could we learn from some of the very best marketing campaigns to influence people to take better care of themselves and others, every moment of every day? […]

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It’s how we behave

Behaviour is increasingly viewed as a solution to safety. Andrew Sharman reviews 500 years of science to explore the development of behaviour-based safety and suggests a more holistic approach to improving safety culture in the workplace Think about the last time you were in a bad mood. Perhaps something didn’t go as planned at work. Maybe a cross word with your partner at home or the kids didn’t tidy up.  How did you behave? Did you slam the door as […]

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I’d like to teach the world…

How can we implement more effective learning and continuing professional development (CPD) strategies to develop better leaders, or a more effective and reliable workforce? These are questions for which Andrew Sharman and Darren Sutton are trying to find answers. We all know the words of the song: “I’d like to teach the world to sing…” Some of you might even remember the world-famous brand that used it in its advertising campaigns back in the 70s. Yes, learning can be that […]

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How to make training work for you

Professor Andrew Sharman and Darren Sutton tackle the challenges of making health and safety training stick, by exploring a range of techniques for management – and learners – to get more out of the next training session At eight thirty in the morning they sheepishly shuffled in to the classroom. Nervously noticing that their name cards had already been placed on the tables for them, they reluctantly took their seats – some in clearly apparent dismay at their neighbour for […]

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True causes of unsafe behaviour

Busy workplaces are challenging environments in which we need to have our wits about us in order to maintain levels of safety. Andrew Sharman considers individual and organisational causes that influence behaviour at work GETTING INTO THE HABIT An average, fit, healthy and well-rested person can concentrate on a task for about 55 minutes in each hour. For an organisation with 20 000 employees, those zoned-out minutes represent a lot of hours lost each week – and it’s the main […]

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Fear: The Ultimate Motivator?

Andrew Sharman and Darren Sutton explore the paradox of shocking people into action, and what one needs to understand in order to create sustainable excellence in safety performance. Niccolo Machiavelli was a philosopher of the Renaissance period and many consider him to be the father of political science even to this day. His maxim “it is better to be feared than to be loved” continues to be repeated at business schools around the world. But is fear the ultimate motivator, […]

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Be here, now

On a trip to Zimbabwe, I discovered the secret to exemplary safety performance and the key to a happier, healthier and more meaningful life. When preparing for a visit to run our popular Total Safety Leadership programme – certified by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) – for one of our consulting clients in Zimbabwe, I learned that the country has 16 official languages. Working as an international consultant, I’ve led projects in more than 120 countries […]

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