A change in cultural ethos, how can we do it?

I was having dinner last night with a couple of friends last night who are former colleagues from the Royal Marines and we were discussing the unfortunate news that a man had fallen from a platform in the North Sea off the coast of Shetland and sadly died.

Very little was mentioned about this other than briefly in the news and the paper and that was it. Nothing is really done to show a mark of respect ion the Oil and Gas industry for a fallen comrade and this often appears to be the case.

The conversation flowed into how markedly different the ethos is on the Royal Marines and in fact throughout the UK military. When one of our own dies, flags are flown at half mast, there is a minutes silence and if they die in combat overseas then a reception party is gathered that incorporates all services to receive the coffin back to the UK. All inter-service rivalry is put to one side as we collectively mourn the loss of, One of Our Own.

It is a shame that this ethos does not often carry across and we felt that this is something that is worthy of incorporating into any industry as it is something that develops and nurtures team work, esprit de corps and shows compassion and care for another human being, regardless of whether you know them or not. Companies would do well to integrate this into their way of being as this sends a very strong message to it’s employees and contractors that they actually care about the people who work for them.

Oil and gas and working on sites onshore and offshore can be extremely dangerous, regardless of what anyone says, it is an inherently dangerous environment that is managed and mitigated extremely well, just as the military does in operational theatres and sometimes bad shit happens despite all that is put in place.

So, how can we entice companies to adopt this caring element to their existing ethos and show an even deeper level of care and respect for those people who work for them.

A task for you is to spread the word, discuss it at work and find a way to bring about a change in culture, mindset and perception so that it is a natural course of action when the worst case does happen.

I leave it in your hands.

Have a fantastic weekend