Can you really train (change) someone else’s attitudes?
No, not without their personal acceptance and willingness to do so. When you have acceptance and willingness people are actually developing or modifying their own attitude.
You may be able to force compliance or “lip service” for a time but behaviour will often revert back to personal belief and behaviour when you are not there to enforce it.
It is easier, simpler and more effective to reinforce safety attitudes than continually enforce safety behaviours.
Do attitudes ever change?
Yes, most attitudes change over time. Even strongly held or deeply ingrained attitudes can change. You don’t have all the same attitudes now as you did when you were 7 or 17 years old!
Experience and exposure to people and ideas shape and reinforce beliefs and attitudes.
New ideas and experiences, if presented in the right way, will serve to enhance, develop or modify existing attitudes.
What is the right way?
People will willingly adopt new information, beliefs and attitudes very quickly when it’s presented in the right way for the right reason – to benefit themselves!
With safety isn’t there a clear benefit?
For a “safety thinking” person there is!
However, many people experience conflict with competing attitudes or views.
Attitudes, exist for people because they serve a purpose but some are not necessarily constructive.
For many people there are false emotional securities in unsafe thinking:
- To gain acceptance from peers
- Requires little thinking effort
- The need to justify old behaviour or incidents
- To avoid or deflect responsibility
- It is easier to blame other people or events
How does ASA develop safety attitudes?
PaQS ASA - Online course provides people with a personal 1:1 self-learning experience of advanced safety thinking concepts. Through self-directed behaviour modification exercises and immediate private feedback safety thinking elements are reinforced positively and constructively.
ASA establishes a rational understanding, heightened alertness, confidence and motivation (attitude) in an interactive and supportive exploration of safety focused thinking that is both personally relevant and empowering.