January 19, 2018

Trends you need to know in the Environmental, Health, Safety, Quality, Risk and Training space for 2018 – Part 2

In the first part of this mini-series, we explored the shifting focus from results reports to performance primers and how this influences our efforts to maintain a safe work environment. This week it’s all about positive psychology principles and non-traditional training, and how they are used to build capability, capacity and cultivation.
Following the trends
Mindfulness, emotional intelligence, assertiveness, creative thinking, time, change and risk management training are now considered staples for all levels of the organisation including frontline employee training programs.
A shift in focus like this is probably the trend that has many business leaders scratching their heads. Even industries that have rough and tough personas are seeing the benefits of training outside the traditional subjects, and it has to do with understanding the change in the conventional “point and direct” organisational behaviour models.
For many of the business’ implementing in this arena, they are changing the whole person perception. Many realise trying to “train people to be safe” by way of procedures and instructions is fruitless,  it is more critical, particularly in process driven organisations, to help people understand how things work, even if that “thing” is them!
Rethinking how we conduct our training
The other exciting trend in this area is the doing away with workbooks. More and more training is interactive, fun, conversational and hands-on via actual projects.
Some say that classroom training is not sustainable into the future, results of surveys and impacts continue to dispel that myth and the myth that online training is adequate for learning in all cases.
Online learning has a place and often is considered efficient. Efficient is different to Effective.
It is true that different generations and professions prefer to use various tools, and collaborative training still has a range of options, the focus of collaborative training is to recreate and reinforce the idea of relationships. Foundation skills like communication, working together and helping each other to understand the concepts are a valuable byproduct of group training, especially Café style collaborations.
Stay tuned for next week’s post, part three of the surprising trends in EHSQRT mini-series, where I’ll be exploring how the health and safety representatives and health and safety committees are being encouraged to become business partners, and how that impacts the trends we’re to see in 2018.
Cheryl A Daley – CEO, Boutique Consulting Firm (previously at Leadership Headquarters)
Apart from a six-year stint as a GM of Operations for a manufacturing company in Sydney, Cheryl has a history spanning 20+ years in the EHSQT and business performance space in Australia and overseas and has worked in most industries and sectors.

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