You may be aware of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs model which looks at the degree to which we are motivated by security needs vs. self-actualisation. I am a passionate believer that organisations perform at their best when they have a culture driven by self-actualising rather than security. This applies no more importantly than in the area of well-being.
Over the course of hundreds of years we have seen an improvement in workplace conditions as our economy evolves and society as a whole in the western world moves from security to self-actualisation. What used to be an accepted fact that people would die in the work place has now become intolerable. However we are yet to achieve the ultimate goal of zero harm. Whilst the frequency of fatalities and injuries have significantly improved we have yet got to the point where people don’t get hurt at work. Continue reading »