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.
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.
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.