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Short Cuts at work the Longest Distance between two points Just ask Red Riding-hood!

We would all like to do thing the easy way or take SHORT CUTS, but in safety those short cuts and have hazards and life risks, like the route that Red Riding-hood took to grandma’s house. Think about it, if RED hadn’t taken the short cut through the woods to granny house the wolf would have no idea what so ever, granny was home alone, frail and sick! And that he could have two meals not just of grandma but of Red herself!

Hence taking the short cut through the woods killed Grandma and almost sealed Reds fate in being consumed by the wolf!

“Too often the shortcut, the line of least resistance, is responsible for evanescent and unsatisfactory success.”

Rushing is human nature

• It’s human nature to want to get a job done as quickly as possible.

• Getting a task done in a hurry gives you: – the ability to start your next task sooner – in some cases, more time to do other things that may be more enjoyable

• Many of us also grew up being told that it’s important to accomplish as much as we can.

• But what we often aren’t told is that rushing can result in accidents, errors, and more time spent in the long run. We need to do our jobs correctly and safely. What happens when you hurry

• Rushing to get our jobs done can result in injury to ourselves and those around us.

• Statistics from one insurance company show that 92 percent of the time, the reason accidents occur is because workers aren’t doing their tasks properly.

• Being in a rush makes it unlikely you will perform your task as you should.

• Among the consequences of being in too much of a hurry are: – accidents involving yourself and co-workers – mistakes which can result in unhappy customers – the need to redo a task you thought was already done – product damage or loss

• Rushing can also have long-term consequences. These include: – serious injury and long-term pain – costly medical bills – the possibility of a disabling injury, which could put you out of work – the loss of income from being out of work

Most of us develop bad habits of taking the occasional shortcut while working. If this is true for you, break the habit now. Your safety and well-being are far more important to your manager, coworkers and customers — not to mention your family — than getting the job done quickly. While your boss may admire and appreciate your conscientious effort to finish the job on time, you won’t be admired if your hasty shortcut results in an injury.

On the jobsite, most of us want to complete our work in the shortest amount of time possible. Of course, it’s always great to find new ways to finish your daily tasks at rapid speed. Unfortunately, too many workers sacrifice safety simply so they can wrap up their day more quickly. When we were children, we often took shortcuts because we just weren’t patient enough to take the extra time to do things the safe way. For example, instead of walking all the way around a yard to get to the gate, a kid might decide to jump the fence instead. This obviously isn’t the safest choice, but the kid decides he’d rather take the risk so he can get where he’s going more quickly and with the least amount of effort. Even after we reach adulthood, many of us continue to think and act this way. For example, we may decide to cross the street in a high-traffic area instead of taking 30 more seconds to walk down a block to the crosswalk. Crossing a busy street is a dangerous (and illegal) shortcut—but we do it either to save time or because we’re just lazy.

When you take shortcuts on the job, you may be able to avoid danger most of the time. But every time you make an unsafe choice to save time, you’re rolling the dice. If you keep taking these gambles, one of these days you’re going to lose. That’s why you should never take shortcuts on the job. It’s always worth a little extra time and effort to do things the right way and the safe way.

Settling for an arranged life.

Who wants a boring, mediocre life? This is what happens if you settle for just about anything, like your job, your relationship and your life. We’re all here for a pretty short period of time, so why waste it doing things just because that’s how it is. Develop a good safety attitude • Rushing results in carelessness, and carelessness leads to accidents. One example of a poor safety attitude that you should avoid is, “I don’t have time to think about safety. I need to get this job done right now.” • Having a good safety attitude means taking responsibility for your actions. And taking responsibility means doing the best job you can – not the fastest job you can. • Here are some other examples of attitudes that can get you into trouble: – “I don’t have time to put on all of that protective equipment. I did a similar job without using it once before and didn’t get hurt.” – “I’ve done this job this way dozens of times in the past. I don’t have time to review the operator’s manual.” – “I know I’m not supposed to rush, but I really have to get home. If I finish in a hurry, maybe I can get there sooner.”

Are you a Tiger or a Sheep?

Each of us was born unique. We were all created to be who we were and that’s being YOU. There’s no one else like you on this planet, so why are you trying to be like everyone else? Find the courage to be yourself and follow your heart. Don’t be ashamed of how you feel. Go out and do it, and you’ll inspire others to do the same. And remember, “a tiger doesn’t lose sleep over the opinion of sheep”–so what are you, a tiger or a sheep?

Taking the “easy route.”

Life can be a struggle, but if you are settling because you are afraid of what it might throw at you, then don’t! It’ll throw stuff at you anyway! Each struggle is a chance to learn and provide you with a great new experience. If you want an awesome life, adversity will be around every corner, but that’s what makes it so wonderful. Remember sometimes you’ll have to take a step backwards to take 100 steps forward; it’s that journey that makes it all the more worthwhile. Never give up on yourself.

Forgiving people instead of ignoring their existence.

Forgiveness isn’t about letting the other person “off the hook.” It’s more about ending the suffering for yourself. Forgiveness provides you with peace of mind, a way to move forward. People come and go in our lives. They each teach us something about ourselves. Whether someone hurt, betrayed or loved us, each provide a valuable lesson to learn from.

Putting things off until tomorrow.

This is something most of us can relate to and let’s be honest, when we say, “I’ll do it tomorrow” we usually mean, “I can’t do that” or “I don’t want to do that” and it rarely ever happens. “Actions speak louder than words” which is absolutely true here, if you put things off they’ll only come back to bite you later on, so why not just get it done today. It’s a choice you have to make, the choice to live by your word, and you’ll be amazed at how those around you will follow suite. If you start each day being intentional, you’ll become a lot more productive and heaps happier!

Leaving everything to chance.

When you get up every morning, what do you dedicate your life to that makes a difference to the world? If you’ve no idea what that is, then you need to work out what it is you want.  Make sure every moment counts!

Keeping quiet instead of speaking up.

If you’ve ever experience unrequited love, you’ll understand why sometimes the fear of rejection will stop you from saying those three important words.

So what shortcuts have you taken in your life so far and are you willing to give them up?

Shortcuts are actions that employees assume will save time and/or effort at the risk of being injured. Typically, individuals have both the knowledge and the control of an existing unsafe condition or action, but consciously choose to perform the action or ignore the condition. Employees take shortcuts for a variety of reasons, including:

  • They are in a rush to get the job done due to:
  • Organizational deadlines
  • Meeting a quota/prioritizing production
  • Running behind schedule
  • Getting non-functioning equipment up and running
  • Changes in the organization or job roles
  • A ‘time is money’ attitude
  • Job insecurity
  • The drive to work quickly
  • They are unaware of the safety hazards associated with a task
  • They are experienced at their job and have become complacent in following safety procedures
  • They actively decide to ignore safety rules

All too often, taking shortcuts results in negative outcomes.

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