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Take Your Time, Do It Right
You are trying to finish an important project, when the phone rings and a customer needs you to do something else important, right now! Then, your boss walks in and wants you do something just as important, immediately! From time-to-time, we find ourselves under a lot of pressure to get things done. Sometimes, we get important demands from multiple sources at the same time. Occasionally, we find ourselves unprepared, facing deadlines. It’s easy to get stressed-out and rush to try to finish assignments. No job is so “hot” that we should ever disregard safety practices.
It’s at times like these when we need to slow down and remind ourselves, that when we rush a job, we are likely to make mistakes, which will have to be corrected. When we allow ourselves to panic, we also forget things. When we let urgency overwhelm us, we may cause accidents, which could lead to hurting people and damaging property.
In the midst of chaos, our bodies release adrenaline. This makes us think we can do the impossible. When we undertake projects in a frenzy, we tend to waste time jumping from one unfinished chore to another and end up with lots in-progress, but nothing complete. The best thing to do is take a deep breath and make a plan. Once we have a plan, we're back in control and can let go of the stress.
So, when you feel pressure squeezing you, don’t rush! Instead, think of the S.O.S. Band’s 1980 platinum song – “Take your time, do it right” and continue to work at your normal pace. Always follow all work and safety rules. If you have ideas about making UD a safer place to work and improving our safety culture, talk them over with your supervisor or give us a call. And hey, let’s be careful out there!
Sean Englert, MPA
Life Safety and Loss Prevention Specialist
Department of Facilities Management
Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management
University of Dayton