Hard Hat Values: My First Draft

Back on October 25, I introduced Hard Hat Values for the first time.  Since then, I periodically expanded on each of the values.  It is not quite where I want it to be and I consider this my first draft. I expect to polish and expand on it further.  I like the direction it is going, however, and wanted to share it as it stands today.

Hard Hat Values (First Draft)

1.  Nobody gets hurt. Nobody.
In the Extractive Industries, safety is and should be the most important and top of mind value for all employees in the organization – from the field crews to the executive offices.  Creating a culture of safety from top to bottom sends the message that nobody gets hurt.

You need to have a strong EHS (Environmental, Health, and Safety) department where the EHS employees are not afraid to make the tough decisions.  I had an excellent EHS manager tell me that when he was at work, he would be the biggest a-hole to ensure the safety rules were followed every day but he would also be your best friend after work.  What kept him motivated was that he did not want to have the spouse and family of an employee who was seriously injured or killed at work look to him and ask “Why?”

In addition to a strong EHS department, every single employee in the organization must be focused on safety, from the CEO up to the Receptionist.  Requiring a “safety share” from all employees before each meeting at all offices and sites is a great way to build a culture where safety is the number one value.

2.  Your work is important.  Be proud of it. 
Every person working on the job site has an important job and each employee needs to understand that their part – big or small – is critically important to the overall success towards accomplishing the company objectives.

Each person’s work is important and the Hard Hat employee should take pride in their contribution to the big picture.

3.  Always give your best and demand the best from others.
It is critical that you come to work every day willing to give your very best efforts from the time the workday starts to the time it ends.

Not only is your company paying you with the expectation that you will give them your best, you should have enough pride in your abilities and skills to give them your best.

When you are giving your very best, you should also expect the very best from others around you. The example you set will motivate and encourage those you work with to give their best.  It is really that simple.

4.  Complete the job before moving on to the next.
When you complete a job or project you can move on to the next one with the psychological satisfaction of completing something and can fully concentrate on the next job without the distraction of the uncompleted job.  Accidents occur more often when workers are distracted.

In the long run, time is saved when jobs are completed before moving on to the next one.  It usually takes additional time to get back into the work that was abandoned before being fully up to speed and there are usually things that need to be repaired due to being left unfinished.

5.  The simplest way to do the job is always the best way.
Leonardo da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  The simplest way to do a job is the best because it is often the quickest, most efficient, most cost effective, and safest way.

Hard Hat Values: 5. The simplest way to do the job is always the best way

The simplest way to do the job is always the best way.  This is the fifth of five Hard Hat Values.

Leonardo da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  The simplest way to do a job is the best because it is often the quickest, most efficient, most cost effective, and safest way.

How’s that for a simple post?

Hard Hat Values: 4. Complete the job before moving on to the next

Complete the job before moving on to the next.  This is the fourth of five Hard Hat Values.

When you complete a job or project you can move on to the next one with the psychological satisfaction of completing something and can fully concentrate on the next job without the distraction of the uncompleted job.  Accidents occur more often when workers are distracted.

In the long run, time is saved when jobs are completed before moving on to the next one.  It usually takes additional time to get back into the work that was abandoned before being fully up to speed and there are usually things that need to be repaired due to being left unfinished.

Hard Hat Values: 3. Always give your best and demand the best from others.

Always give your best and demand the best from others.  This is the third of five Hard Hat Values.

It is critical that you come to work every day willing to give your very best efforts from the time the workday starts to the time it ends.

Not only is your company paying you with the expectation that you will give them your best, you should have enough pride in your abilities and skills to give them your best.

When you are giving your very best, you should also expect the very best from others around you. The example you set will motivate and encourage those you work with to give their best.  It is really that simple.

Hard Hat Values: 2. Your work is important. Be proud of it.

Your work in important.  Be proud of it.  This is the second of five Hard Hat Values.

Every person working on the job site has an important job and each employee needs to understand that their part – big or small – is critically important to the overall success towards accomplishing the company objectives.

Each person’s work is important and the Hard Hat employee should take pride in their contribution to the big picture.

Hard Hat Values: 1. Nobody Gets Hurt. Nobody.

In my series of five values I call Hard Hat Values I am starting with the most important one – Nobody Gets Hurt. Nobody.

In the Extractive Industries, safety is and should be the most important and top of mind value for all employees in the organization – from the field crews to the executive offices.  Creating a culture of safety from top to bottom sends the message that nobody gets hurt.

You need to have a strong EHS (Environmental, Healty, and Safety) department where the EHS employees are not afraid to make the tough decisions.  I had an excellent EHS manager tell me that when he was at work, he would be the biggest a-hole to ensure the safety rules were followed every day but he would also be your best friend after work.  What kept him motivated was that he did not want to have the spouse and family of an employee who was seriously injured or killed at work look to him and ask “Why?”

In addition to a strong EHS department, every single employee in the organization must be focused on safety, from the CEO up to the Receptionist.  Requiring a “safety share” from all employees before each meeting at all offices and sites is a great way to build a culture where safety is the number one value.