Are there people on your team who pride themselves on being multitaskers?
That could be a problem—and not only for the reasons you might think. To be honest, more and more studies show that multitasking is actually the enemy of productivity. But more than that: trying to do several things at once can threaten your workers’ safety.
And nowhere is that truer than behind the wheel.
In 2015 alone, 3,477 people died, and 391,000 sustained injury in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Many of these incidents probably involved cellphones.
But cellphones aren’t the only distraction out there!
It’s not unusual for a worker to head out to pick up lunch, and then start munching while they’re heading back to the workplace. What does that mean? They were probably steering with only one hand. And trying to prevent ketchup from splattering on their workclothes. And using their other hand to grab their beverage to take a swig while stopped at a light.
If your safe driving policy doesn’t include a section on distracted driving, this is the perfect time for you to update it—and share with your workers.
Remind them that “single-tasking is the new multi-tasking”—and that #ItCanWait. No text or phone call is important enough for them to endanger their lives, or the lives of those around them.
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