Sometimes even with the best intentions, I make a mistake driving my car. A poor choice. I might be starting to make a lane change before checking the blind spot, or I might accelerate instead of brake when the light turns yellow.
If my mistake causes someone to adjust, they let me know by blowing their horn. At times, they even let me know after the fact how dumb I was. I appreciate the horn honk, although I don’t always appreciate the angered form the correction may take. But I am thankful that they were alert enough to prevent my mistake from becoming disastrous.
So it is in the workplace. When someone suggests a safer way to do something, we might not always welcome it, but we should assume that it comes from care and concern. They weren’t trying to catch us doing something wrong, but they want to help us work in the safest ways possible.
The best that we can hope for is that when we lose our attention to a safety detail, someone else notices and cares enough to help us. The next time someone offers a safety suggestion, thank them. If we make a habit of thanking one another for the assistance provided, I am confident that we all stand a chance of avoiding future injury.
Thanks, and let’s be careful out there.