Several years ago I published a thought-provoking piece entitled PUPPY DOGS AND KITTENS GET ALL THE ATTENTTION! As you read the following passage really let the message sink in and think about those closest to you. Remember that everyone has someone whom they care about or who cares about them, just like you do!
PUPPY DOGS AND KITTENS GET ALL THE ATTENTION!
What about me? I’m your daughter, son, brother, sister, mother, father, wife, husband, neighbour and best friend!
Whose responsibility is it anyhow? Do you care?
WHAT IF……YOU were a worker in your company and…….
YOU fell off a ladder and injured your back
YOU were electrocuted because a machine wasn’t locked out
YOU slipped on oil and broke your arm, leg or neck
YOU had to enter a confined space
YOU had to be on the road to support your family
YOU had to work with asbestos
YOU worked near dangerous chemicals or acids
YOU had to work with harassment and/or violence
YOU worked in high places
YOU operated heavy equipment
YOU had to lift heavy objects
YOU were exposed to lead at work
YOU had to operate large conveyor systems
YOU worked with boilers
YOU handled compressed gas cylinders
YOU did the same work repetitively every day
YOU were a new, young and inexperienced worker
Would you want to do any of these jobs without proper training?
Would you let a family member to do these jobs without proper training?
Would you let a Ministry of Labour inspector perform one of these jobs without proper training?
Ask yourself: Should they be doing that; would I let myself do that?
“The heart of the question is ... whether we are going to treat our fellow human beings [sic] as we want to be treated.” John F. Kennedy 1963
Your employees are your greatest asset! As a responsible employer, director, supervisor or manager, doing what is right is the very least you can do for your workers!