Thousands of decisions are made by you every day. Your staff does the same. Decision making is the name of the game. But decision making and will power are eternally linked. The more will power you have the more decision making you can do. And the less, well, the less decision making you can do.
You have probably heard someone say “I make decisions all day. I just don’t want to make one more. Can you please pick what we have for dinner tonight.” When you did, you probably thought they were being difficult or did not want to contribute to the process. The reality is that their will power was most likely diminished affecting their ability to make even one more decision.
Will power is a muscle
Will power is a muscle you can develop. The more you practice and train this muscle the more you can endure decision making. And that affects safety and health at your agency. Just think about what might be possible if you can train your staff’s will power muscle. Fewer accidents.
More decisions equals more accidents
The math is simple the more decisions that one makes during the day the more likely an accident will occur. The decision-making process gets sloppy and that results in errors in judgment and taking risks which may result in accidents and injuries.
In this day of the internet-help-yourself, YOLO, and freedom of choice, staff are left to make more decisions than ever. Do I use this tool or that tool? Do I log the issue on my phone or PC? Do I order the part from this place or that place? But the number of options is enormous and that creates more decisions. Staff experience decision fatigue more quickly and that leads to a diminished amount of will power and decision making power when it matters. Do I put on the safety glasses or not. Do I put in the hearing protectors are not.
What can we do
What can you do to improve will power and reduce decision making fatigue? Here are a few ideas.
- Develop Strict Operating Procedures
- Reduce the number of decisions employees have to make
- Limit choices or options in buying and tools
- Use a single tool for multiple jobs – think Krav Maga or Alton Brown’s rule: No Unitaskers