Walking through the ASSE convention floor yesterday, I stopped by a vendor’s booth. We hadn’t met before and as I introduced myself, I noticed the zipper on his pants was down. As there were others around, I waited for a break in conversation to lean in and say, “Your fly is down.”
Embarrassing maybe, but not dangerous to health.
In safety we live in a world where difficult conversations must exist. How many times have we completed incident investigations with the thought, “If only they’d have spoken up” or “If only someone had said something”?
Are we building systems where people engage on challenging issues?
This is an essential question for organization success, not only for safety, but for necessary changes in operations, marketing, business development…and virtually every other facet of the company.
-Would your team tell you your fly is down and would you encourage/reward those who do?
-Would you tell your boss?
So the vendor pulled up his zipper and shook my hand.
Now where is the booth with the hand sanitizer?