Tulsa-Based Hogan Assessment Systems Reveals How Personality Influences Safety Behavior

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Working through a 206 true-false questionnaire can bring out the true personality in a person, according to Tulsa-based Hogan Assessment Systems.

The company offers insight into how individuals contribute to the "safety climate" of an organization, said Christopher Duffy, who manages Business and Client Development.

"Traditional safety solutions focus on processes, but not people," Duffy said.

Even the most extensive safety programs have limited success, said Jeff Foster, director of Research and Development.

"Creating a safety climate is different - it focuses on people, not systems," said Ryan Ross, vice president of consulting at Hogan.

What happens at most companies is that the engineers design safety rules, but leave people out of the equation, Duffy said.

"Our challenge is to create a paradigm shift in companies' thinking," he said. "What we say is that the person is a critical aspect of the process."

Regardless how many safety rules are written, people will still have accidents, Foster said.

"It is up to the individual employee to carry out the process," he said.

Individual personality drives behavior, but this is often the forgotten component in safety programs, said Duffy.

"This crucial component is measurable and actionable. Rather than purchase a new safety program or different equipment, organizations can benefit more from an approach that will help them understand and modify the behavior of the people," Duffy said.

Most companies look at the bottom line and how many accidents they can prevent, Foster said.

"We can predict behavior based on personalities and based on that information, change behaviors," Foster said. …

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