Chronic unease—a state where wariness towards the management of risk is constantly present—is said to be key in maintaining a safe workplace. And still, research into chronic unease and what this actually looks like in reality is still in its infancy.
Optimus Seventh Generation, a DEKRA company, has launched research to understand the concept better, and developed a survey measuring the five components of chronic unease.
Take the survey and contribute to a greater understanding of the topic. Upon completing the survey, you will receive a summary of your personal chronic unease findings.
Chronic unease can be described as the opposite of complacency where a state of constant wariness towards the management of risk is present. It is about showing a healthy scepticism towards one's own decisions and towards the risks that come with working in a high hazard industry. It is also about probing deeper and fully understanding the risks of where we are working rather than assuming that systems will keep us safe. Chronic unease makes us ask "are we are doing enough"?
As researchers Dr Laura Fruhen and Professor Rhona Flin stated, "to be wary is to be ready for the unexpected". According to them the presence of chronic unease in leaders is the key to maintaining a safe working environment.
Within High Reliability Organisations (HROs), such as nuclear aircraft carriers and air traffic control, chronic unease is a common characteristic. These organisations operate within high risk situations over long periods of time. To be able to maintain the safety of their people, their plant and their equipment, HROs need to constantly evaluate the level of risk, and develop and improve ways to manage safety effectively. Chronic unease is said to be key in achieving the excellent safety record these organisations have.
Fruhen and Flin have identified five components of chronic unease:
The final three components of chronic unease are personality traits:
To further explore and add to existing research about chronic unease, we invite you to take our Chronic Unease Survey. Upon receiving your completed survey, an individual report of your personal chronic unease findings will be created and provided to you.
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