Mindfulness in the Workplace

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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (NREL - STM Campus)

Published As:  Public


Topics:  Electrical, Occupational Safety and Health, Laboratory

Why Being Rushed is a Risk

Our safety culture principles serve as an important reminder that we are all responsible for safety and that safe actions are critical to achieving our mission. After all, cutting-edge science requires cutting edge safety. However, what these principles also highlight is the fact that safety can often be lost when complacency or "feeling rushed" set in. When we feel distracted from our task at hand, it can be easy to overlook some of these principles and take care of something "really quick" so that we can "get to the next task/meeting", thus losing the focus on the task at hand and creating a hazard for those around us. Instead, we should remember that time pressure is a setup for mistakes, openly acknowledge it when present, and heighten our sensitivity to safety during those times.

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