I watched the recent video from the World Economic Forum regarding the top five most demanded skill in 2019.

I remember that the same organization published an article with the same topic in 2015 named “The Ten most Demanded Skills by 2020.”

Let’s review the top five skills:

  • Creativity
  • Persuasion
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability
  • Time Management

Why are these five skills so important?

One thing that the video says is technology does not have any of these skills, what it is true.

The current state of safety is still based on safety management programs, which are needed to have a guide to set up a management system; however, these standards do not help in being creative. We still have many fatalities; the lost incident rates are still high; the recordable incident rates are in the same state.

I am a firm believer that optimizing and understanding ideas of our workers and employees is paramount, therefore having an action plan to achieve this goal is critical.

In my opinion, combining the safety management program by following international standards such as ISO 45001 combined with the ideas’ optimization plan will be a powerful strategy to decrease the rates rapidly.

By having said that, it is a must for safety professionals to learn these top five soft skills as well as for organizations.

It is critical to understand our environments where we work by doing the following:

  • Listening.
  • Collaborating,
  • Understanding
  • Optimizing.
  • Teamwork
  • Developing solutions that will fit our organizations.

The benefits of understanding your environment will create the following:

  • Engagement to safety
  • Increase moral. People start believing they are important to the organization.
  • Increase of ideas to solve challenges.
  • Increase trust.

In conclusion, Safety will not be the exception of the rule. We will need to adapt to the new business models and leadership in the industry 4.0.


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