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Complacency in the Workplace

Complacency (com·pla·cen·cy)


Definition - Complacency means a feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, often combined with a lack of awareness of pending trouble or controversy.

People often fall victim to complacency because we run on autopilot when it comes to daily repetition of our tasks, such as driving to work. This condition can become a hazard because there is less attention being paid to the (sometimes literal) steps that are taken as workers go through their day.

Some thoughts to share with your co-workers on how to avoid becoming complacent:

  • Maintain a safe workplace by following safety procedures and protocols.
  • Have and attend regular safety meetings to talk about potential hazards that we may come across
  • Always wear the appropriate PPE for the task at hand.
  • When near misses are reported, use them to collect information, identify hazards and correct problems to prevent future incidents or injuries from happening.

Whether at work or at home, don't ever think that your years of experience while doing something means that you can perform any task without errors. It always seems easier to take shortcuts when it comes to following safety work procedures; but allowing yourself to cut corners leaves you and everyone around you open to more hazards. The lesson here is- never let your guard down, because we can maintain our safety wherever we are by not becoming complacent.

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Thursday, 17 October 2019