Psychological Safety & Learning Organizations

Psychological Safety and Learning

Why would you want your workplace to be a learning organization? Because learning is the key to your future success, and being a learning organization gives your company a better chance at continued or new success.

(Side note here: Check out our What Is a Learning Organization? article and Becoming a Learning Organization recorded webinar with Michelle Ockers to learn more about learning organizations). 

Amy Edmonson is one of the acknowledged gurus of learning organization theory, and in fact she contributed to the very well-known Harvard Business Review article Is Yours a Learning Organization? More recently,  she’s focused in on one key aspect of learning organizations. In fact, you could call it a bit of a pre-requisite. And that’s what Edmonson and others call psychological safety.

It’s Edmonson’s claim, and a claim she backs up well with data in her book The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth, that you can’t truly have a learning organization unless you’ve first got psychological safety.

We’ll give you an introduction to psychological safety and Edmonson’s thoughts on it, including how psychological safety contributes to learning, growth, and even innovation at an organization, in this article.

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Vector Solutions Monthly Blog Round Up: May, 2019

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Last month, our parent company Vector Solutions began publishing a monthly blog article that compiled one interesting blog article from different Vector Solutions  brands, including your friends here at Convergence Training.

This month’s round-up includes:

If we’ve sparked your interest, check out the May, 2019 Vector Solutions Blog Round-Up.

And here’s the back-library of Vector Solutions Blog Round-Up articles:

Before you go, consider downloading the free manufacturing training guide we’ve cooked up for you, below. 

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Impairment at Work: Cell Phones Negatively Influence Your Cognitive Abilities

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The National Safety Council sets aside June of every year to mark National Safety Month (#NSM), and for National Safety Month 2019 they’re putting a new focus on each of the four weeks in June: Hazard Recognition; Slips, Trips, and Falls; Fatigue; and Impairment.  We’ve written an article and/or created free safety material in keeping with each of these weekly themes, and this article is our contribution to the NSM week 4 focus on impairment.

You might also want to go back to check out our articles on Hazard Recognition Training; Slips, Trips, and Falls (there’s a free fall prevention toolbox talk checklist for you there); and Fatigue at Work (learn about creating a Fatigue Risk Management Plan). Plus, the NSC has some great materials at their website to check into.

Impairment at work is a big issue, of course. There are many ways to be impaired, as you know. You’ll see lots of materials on drugs, including opioids, and rightly so. You’ll see lots of materials on on alcohol, and that’s a serious problem too. Stress and mental illness will be topics that get deserved consideration.

We figured we’d take a look at impairment from cell phone use, and perhaps come at the issue  of cell phones from a somewhat unexpected perspective. Read on if you’d like to learn more.

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Free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

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Deciding on an online safety training solution is a big decision.

But it doesn’t have to be intimidating or impossible. And there’s no reason to simply guess blindly and hope you get a good one.

To help, we’ve created a free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist that you can download at the bottom of this article. We think it will give you a good leg up on your search.
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Free Job Hazard Analysis Guide

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Recently we published an extensive article titled What Is a Job Hazard Analysis?  And we followed that up with a companion piece that explains How to Do a Job Hazard Analysis. If you haven’t read those yet, but are interested, go right ahead. We’ll wait for you here.

You’re back? OK, let’s continue then.

We wanted to follow those popular articles up with with a free job hazard analysis guide that you can use to lead you through your own JHAs at work. And now we’ve done that.

There’s a free download at the bottom of the article. Hope you find it helpful.
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Customer Testimonial: Don Pratt of Custom Truck One Source

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Don Pratt and all the other good folks at Custom Truck One Source have been customers of Convergence Training for quite some time now and it’s always been a great experience for us.

We’re pleased that Don enjoys working with us as well, as demonstrated in the client testimonial video Don recorded at the Vector Solutions 2019 Client Summit this year (thanks for the nice words, Don!).

Check out more in our Client Testimonial video clip and our Client Testimonial web page.

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Customer Testimonial: Chip Handley of Ring Power

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One of our favorite customers to work with is Chip Handley of Ring Power, a Florida Caterpillar dealer. Here’s Chip in a video at our recent 2019 Vector Solutions Client Summit talking about his experiences working with Convergence Training.

We look forward to continued projects with Chip and everyone at Ring Power and wish them a great year.

Check out more in our Client Testimonial video clip and our Client Testimonial web page.

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OSHA Basics: What Are OSHA 10 and OSHA 30?

OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 are parts of the OSHA Outreach Training Program. The OSHA Outreach Training Program is a voluntary program, meaning that both OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 are voluntary as well.

We’ll tell you more about OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 in this next installment of our ongoing OSHA Basics series of articles in which our ultimate goal is to tell you everything you always wanted to know about OSHA (a bed-burner; a stay-up-all-night reading topic–we know).

Also, a quick head’s up–we’ve included a free downloadable guide to OSHA inspections for you at the bottom of this article.

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The Three Phases of Risk Assessment: Risk Management Basics

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In this installment of our Risk Management Basics series, we’re going to take a closer look at risk assessment. In doing so, we’ll break risk assessment down into three separate steps: risk identification, risk analysis, and risk evaluation.

We hope this article and our entire Risk Management Basics series will help you gain a better understanding of risk management and help you begin to use risk management techniques at your workplace. Or, if you’re already using risk management at work, to perhaps improve what you’re doing now.

Drop us a note in the comments section below if you’d like us to address any particular risk-related topic in this ongoing risk series.

And if you’re involved in occupational safety and health, feel free to download the free Guide to Using Risk Management for Occupational Safety and Health at the bottom of this article (but note, this article addresses risk management and risk assessment in a general manner and can be applied to any aspect of enterprise risk management).

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What Is 5S? Infographic

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5S is one of the foundations of lean manufacturing. If you want to implement lean at your workplace, 5S is a great place to start. And even if you don’t want to go “full lean,” 5S can be very valuable at your workplace, leading to improvements in productivity, efficiency, quality, and safety.

To help you get started with 5S or lean, we’ve prepared the free 5S infographic for you at the bottom of this article. Download a copy for yourself today! 

Of course, we also offer an entire series of online 5S training courses. Check ’em out!

In addition, you might want to check out some of our other articles related to lean manufacturing:

Downloading the 5S infographic below is a great way to get up to speed on 5S now–enjoy! 

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Download this free infographic explaining 5S, one of the foundations of lean manufacturing.

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7 Wastes of Lean Infographic

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One of the foundations of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste.

In the early days of the Toyota Production System (TPS), which is where lean manufacturing originated, Toyota engineer Taiichi Ohno developed a list of seven wastes. You can download a free infographic at the bottom of this article that lists all of these wastes for you, and you might want to check out our online courses for lean manufacturing training.

In addition, you might want to check out some of our other articles related to lean manufacturing:

We hope the infographic below helps your organization identify and root out waste and start providing more value to your customers.

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Free Seven Wastes of Lean Manufacturing Infographic Download

Download this free infographic listing the seven wastes of lean manufacturing as originally devised by Taiichi Ohno of the Toyota Production System (TPS).

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