Almost 20 years ago Bring Your Child To Work Day was introduced as a way to show our kids what we do when we head off to work. In the construction industry, we can take this same idea and make it a daily part of our work day. How? By changing the way we think about our work.
Often times we are so caught up in meeting deadlines and schedules that the focus is on getting things done so we can move on to the next item on the list. We tend to forget the real reasons we go to work each day: our families. Our families don't care that we got A, B, and C completed on our task list, they care that we come home at the end of each day.Donley's cares about that too and so, as you go out to work today, we challenge you to change the way you think about your job:
- Do your various tasks as if your child (or grandchild) was next to you and you were teaching them the correct way to do it. When you stop and think about the various things you do, would you teach your child to do it the way you are? Are there are some tasks you perform on a regular basis that you would find unsafe if you saw your child performing the task in the same way? Let's face it, we all are guilty of "do as I say, not as I do" because we think we can perform the task faster or because we've done it before without incident. But the truth is it's just a matter of time before something will happen. Ultimately, the odds are not in your favor.
- The second challenge is a bit harder. We challenge you to keep that perspective in each task you perform every day. After a while, this new perspective will become the norm, rather than those old habits and shortcuts you used to take.
Need additional inspiration? Take a picture of your children, grandchildren--or whatever motivates you to work safer (wife, parent, dog, cat, etc.)--and tape it inside your hard hat. Every time you put that hard hat on, you will receive a constant reminder that the real reason--the best reason-- to work safe is waiting for you to come home.
Our Regional Safety Director, Javier Pabon, shares his reason to work safe. We would love to hear about yours!