Episode Summary

On this episode of Safety of Work, we discuss how safety leadership behaviors influence workers’ motivation for safe practices.

Episode Notes

We had trouble finding a suitable paper for this topic. Measuring and studying safety leadership often proves difficult. However, we use the paper Examining Attitudes, Norms, and Control Toward Safety Behaviors as Mediators in the Leadership-Safety Motivation Relationship.

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Topics:

  • The two ways to improve safety.
  • Why this is a reasonable model for studying the influence of safety.
  • The theory of planned behavior.
  • What you should never claim in your study.
  • The reality of survey research.
  • What mediators are and how they function.
  • Takeaways from the study.

Quotes:

“They were lamenting in their systematic review that lots of attempts to intervene in behavior change weren’t based on theories.”

“So, what they’re really saying is, ‘ok, we know these might be different types of behaviors, but is it sufficient to lump them all together?’ And statistically, yes it is.” 

“When we say that something ‘mediates’, we’re basically saying it’s like a multiplier in the middle.”

Resources:

Examining Attitudes, Norms, and Control Toward Safety Behaviors as Mediators in the Leadership-Safety Motivation Relationship

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