We are now solidly in the back-to-school phase of the year. The beginning of the school term is often full of distractions – busy roads, school buses and frantic parents. When traveling to work over the next few weeks, keep in mind these students heading back to school may be attending for the very first time, or the first time in a few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay alert, slow down, obey all traffic signs and speed limits and help make it a safe start back for everyone.
I would like to also share with you information from a story recently circulated here at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) titled “September – Distractions” which gives us some tips for staying focused at work while we try to avoid distractions and unwanted outcomes.
Avoid the urge to multitask, we sometimes think it increases our efficiency and it does increase one thing and unfortunately, it is our risk for error.
- Silence your phone or better yet put it away, when you are working on time sensitive or critical tasks.
- Turn off your notifications and put a do not disturb tile on your work status indicator if you need to concentrate and focus.
- Take your mental breaks and find a safe place for distractions.
- If you are late for a meeting, send a message that you are running late to avoid speeding to get there.
- Be aware of your own actions, are you the distraction?
Our values at CNL include practicing safety both on and off the job, so I continue to urge each of you to take care of yourself and those around you.
Remember, stay focused and stay safe!