Ethics Reasoning

Morality a uniquely human system of controls exercised by the individual agent in the narrow context of not wishing to harm others and in the wider context of contributing to the good of humanity. It is reflective of enhanced perspectives of culture that asserts Man’s essential and necessary agency.  Culture, as Man’s action on the world embodies his actions on others.  It defines and is defined by his relationship with the world and how his self-realisation materialises as a result of contemplation of those actions.  In this it is a process of humanisation, that is the ethical and moral agent reflects and becomes more human in the process. The moral case for good health and safety practice in construction stands head and shoulders above the legal and business cases because it is the outworking of an immutable human condition. It would be contradictory to suggest otherwise.  To be aware of ourselves and of others is to be aware what is beneficial and what is detrimental in our relationships; we either harm or we help.  The Golden Rule of moral reciprocity  is to treat others as we would wish to be treated and this emerges in the Seoul Declaration of 2008  within which a series of paradigms shifts the focus from accident-prevention activities to the creation of workplace cultures that enhance workers’ welfare and well-being. 

Ethics reasoning emerges from the process of maturing as moral and ethical beings. The immature and developing agent is constrained by through processes that are initially selfish and latterly conformist to normative rules.  Ultimately the mature, fully autonomous agency transcends rule following and reflects on his/her actions from the perspective equality of all human life and of what is good for all, and acts accordingly. Expert Ease International can help you explore ethics and morality issues, presenting a developmental programme for maturing ethics reasoning.

Workplace Culture

The progress of health and safety at work has, for many organisations and companies, moved beyond the risk assessment approach to the development of the safety culture as the approach to attain zero harm.  It is by no means a new approach, it has been around for a number of years and  encompasses a range of ideas and concepts, including internationally adopted approaches such as behaviour based safety and visible felt leadership practices.

Safety culture is often defined as “the way we do things” and is based on the premise that when people are working safely there is a good safety culture.  There is a certain rational to this, culture is often described in terms of human behaviours and when people behave in particular ways they can be described as being of a particular culture or society, or indeed sub-culture. This however, leads to narrow and functional interpretations of culture. When we look at culture from a wider perspective, one that allows for the interconnectivity of Man and culture, culture then becomes more than a simple description of the behaviour of individuals, more than the categorisation of behaviour as being of one culture or another, or, in the case of health and safety at work, of being an example of a good safety culture. In this perspective Man stands as both the embodiment and the maker of culture. In asserting this, it is further asserted that Man is a self-reflective agent capable of decision making and with the capacity to act autonomously.

Workplace cultures are dynamic open systems that are comprised of many agents who continuously enter and leave the system, altering the culture bit by bit, day by day as they bring their interpretations and subsequent behaviours to bear on the workplace and all the events and messages, explicit and implicit, that occur. Expert Ease International has developed a novel theory of workplace culture and presented a number of papers exploring the concepts of culture and how the workplace and in particular safety, may be understood in that context. We are always happy to discuss how this might be advanced within your organisation.

Leadership

In developing comprehensive perspectives of workplace culture and advancing innovative approaches to agency and ethics reasoning, the contemporary concepts of leadership, and in particular safety leadership, fail the test of  facilitator of agency and Man’s ontological project of humanisation. Theories of leadership focus on the qualities that make good leaders, but in the process fails to consider the fundamental concept of what leadership is in the first instance. Expert Ease International advances a new concept that posits leadership as a self negating activity that becomes redundant through successfully facilitating agency amongst those who followed, or negates itself through a failure to facilitate that agency.