The Science of Decision-Making
By some estimates, the average adult makes upwards of 35,000 decisions a day. In the workplace, people can be faced with choices that can have serious, even life-altering, consequences. Consider:
A tanker truck driver who suddenly notices he is at his exit sooner than expected and must make a split-second decision
An employee pushing to get an order out before the shipping deadline for that day and must decide whether she should continue to work with a guard missing
A new employee who sees a possibly risky activity about to occur and must decide whether to speak up to his more experienced co-worker
A single decision is the artifact of any number of precursors — conditions, training, culture, systems, and even personal factors like fatigue or biases.
The Making Safe Decisions™ Approach
The Making Safe Decisions system is an all-employee development process for reducing exposure to injuries. Teams learn how to create a culture of continuous learning and increase the likelihood of safe decision making.
Leaders, supervisors, and front-line workers discover through hands-on learning the importance of the team in overcoming bias and the power of approaching others. Teams learn for themselves how to uncover barriers, and develop fluency in key exposure management skills.
The Making Safe Decisions approach increases the frequency of these six actions:
Learning Designed Around Your Team
The heart of the Making Safe Decisions approach is a set of robust workshops that touch on the key elements of safe decision making followed by specific assignments that reinforce the workshop content in day-to-day life. Each workshop builds upon the previous module. Leaders and teams build skills that help them work together to detect and address exposures to risk, ultimately reducing incidents.
Read our latest article Decision Making and Safer Outcomes