In discussions that examine trends in technology and manufacturing regarding the next generation of workers and the evolution of the roles they're hired to fill, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has coined a new term -"new collar jobs." New collar workers are people who develop the technical and soft skills needed to work in increasingly "smarter" industries through nontraditional education paths. Typically they can to adapt quickly and easily to changing roles based on advancements in technology. Ideally, workers in new collar roles are trained in advanced technologies like cybersecurity, data science and artificial intelligence.
The fact that these new collar workers are expected to be flexible as the employment landscape changes isn't the only thing that's unique about them when compared to workers of previous generations. Many new collar workers are the attend vocational schools, or perhaps have some kind of focused associate's degree in terms of higher education. Less emphasis is placed on achieving a bachelor's degree. Instead practical skills are prized above all else, prioritizing vocational training over a traditional four-year degree.
November brought us some interesting articles on workplace safety. From simplifying the workplace to America's safest companies to a plant manager's salary and more, this month's articles offer a lot of food for thought.
1. How Workplace Simplicity Impacts Company Results
by Kimberly A. Whitler for Forbes
Turns out there's wisdom in the old acronym K.I.S.S. - simplifying the workplace breaks down barriers and drives better organizational results. And the simpler the workplace the more psychologically safe workers feel, which makes them more effective workers.
Corvex and MCR Safety will partner with EHS Today on November 13th. The webinar, Achieving Digital Transformation of the Workforce for Better Safety & Productivity, will take place at 2:00pm ET and will run for 1 hour. The webinar is free to attend.
The webinar will feature a panel of industry leaders including Ted Smith, Co-founder and President of Corvex Connected Safety. Other participants include Abby Ferri, the Ferri Group and Paul Harris, Vice President of Product Strategy and Innovations for MCR Safety.
The panel will discuss how IoT, Smart PPE and data management work together for new possibilities for safety. They will give examples of worker-powered safety as it is facilitated by connected devices, real-time data and safety zones. They will also discuss how current mindsets must change to allow for greater digital transformation in safety.
Attendees will come away with knowledge of the next steps in moving toward connected safety that keeps workers connected and engaged, and lets management run predictive, proactive safety programs.
Visit the EHS Today site for more information and register today!
We've got a roundup of the best safety articles online this month. From marijuana legalization to the handy IoT, overdose reversal medicine to mental health, this month's articles are hard-hitting and don't shy away from the deep and important topics the safety industry must tackle today.
1. As New York Heads Toward Marijuana Legalization, Employers Grapple With Workplace Safety
by Janita Kan for The Epoch Times
There is currently no agreed-upon standard for measuring marijuana impairment, so predicting marijuana's effects on safety in the workplace will be difficult. And what happens when safety infractions from the result of a legalized drug affect a company's income? The bottom line is marijuana legalization presents a number of hurdles to overcome in safety, legality and economics.
In our newest video Corvex President and co-founder Ted Smith dives into what it really means to "connect" the worker in a modern work environment. Traditional management perspectives might consider digital tools distracting. But in reality they engage workers as part of digital transformation. In fact, many digital transformation efforts stall because the organization's most important asset - the worker - is ignored or at best, disempowered.
Listen as Ted explains the concept of a worker-powered environment enabled by technology. Connected workers an an invaluable component of leaner, higher quality, safer work environments.
Representatives from Corvex will be at the world's largest annual safety event, the NSC Congress & Expo October 20th - 26th at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Corvex will be exhibiting at the NSC Expo from Monday, October 22nd - Wednesday, October 24th at Booth 3455.
The NSC Congress & Expo showcases safety products, educates with speakers and seminars and offers great networking opportunities for those in the safety industry with more than 14,000 attendees, exhibitors and speakers. The event is hosted by the National Safety Council, The nation's leading safety advocate for more than 100 years. The NSC is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.
We look forward to seeing you in Houston next week. Be sure to stop by Booth 3455 to learn more about the Corvex Connected Safety Platform.
Keeping Workers Safe in Real Time
The benefits of a connected workplace
Technology impacts our lives and connects us in more ways than we could have ever imagined, whether at home, at work or in our daily routines. We track our steps, measure our heart rates and monitor our sleep. Smartphone apps allow us to quickly find a ride service. We can download any bestseller onto our tablets in minutes. At home, we have smart devices that turn on our lights, give us messages or play favorite songs at the sound of our voices.
On a professional level, building a similarly connected workforce is a critical component of worker safety, particularly in the waste management industry where safety risks are often higher. The University of Illinois School of Public Health completed a study showing that workers in the recycling field are more than twice as likely to be injured on the job as the average worker. Reports also show that fatalities among waste management workers are also higher than other industries.
While many industries embrace a connected landscape, workplace safety is an area which has received less attention when it comes to a digital transformation. But Although many industries are also embracing a “connected” landscape, one area that has been slower to embrace this digital transformation is workplace safety. Although a connected, digital safety strategy often seems like a time-intensive endeavor, new technologies are improving site safety by offering real, measurable results in a much shorter time. In fact, the latest innovations in SMART personal protective equipment (PPE) offer options that can have tremendous impact. And in the field of waste management, technological advances which have had a positive effect on safety include GPS tracking and inspection systems as well as high-definition camera systems, with removable storage, that record data.
To read the rest of the article, visit Recycling Magazine here.
Corvex will be at the Growth, Innovation and Leadership: A Frost & Sullivan Executive Summit in San Diego from October 1-4, 2018.
Corvex founder Joe O'Brien will be presenting at the Summit on panel TT5: The Final Frontier – Digital Transformation of the Chemical, Material, & Food Industries. The panel will take place Tuesday, October 2 at 1:30PM and will feature discussion and exercises.
The theme of this year's summit is Leading and Winning in an Era of Unprecedented Change. Attendees will learn how to identify and capitalize on growth opportunities that are created by the digital transformation. As advocates for embracing the digital transformation in the safety industry, we are looking forward to meeting minds with leaders looking to innovate and thrive during in the current digital disruption.
Numerous speakers will deliver presentations and panel discussions on topics to help leaders stay agile as various aspects of their industry quickly evolve around them.
See the full agenda for the summit or download the 2018 brochure here.
We hope to see you at the Summit!
If you want to to stay up to date on the latest in workplace safety, here are twelve workplace safety influencers to follow on Twitter. We've curated this list based on the quality of their tweets, frequency and a subjective feeling of "yeah, these folks get it right."
Can you think of workplace safety influencers to add to our list? Comment below with their name and Twitter handle.
Companies are spending billions to digitize machines and gather data at what I consider to be an alarming rate. But what’s even more amazing to me is that these same organizations aren’t doing anything to support their most value asset – the workers. Every day in the U.S. millions of people do their jobs without the benefit of data. Data that, with IoT, is readily available.
Think about it. We can tell the second a machine is vibrating too much. Yet if a worker sees an opportunity to save a company millions - or reports a potentially dangerous situation that could cause injury or worse - their only options are to either find a piece of paper and write a note, or tell a manager who may or may not be interested in passing the information along. Billions of dollars are spent every year to train skilled workers - but we don’t let them use what they learn to communicate opportunities for productivity, quality and safety.
When I mention this, I sometimes get the response “Who cares – they’ll all be replaced by robots soon anyway?” What’s ironic is that the literal “king of robots”, Elon Musk, completely disagrees that technology will eventually replace people. He realized that would never happen when he decided to build cars, and you can find countless interviews with Musk on that very topic.
And what is a robot, anyway? It’s not a “human replacement.” It’s simply a data-driven task execution machine. It receives data, does things and transmits data. Skilled trade workers without data are also just “task execution machines”, but think about it - how powerful could your workforce be if everyone had the ability in real time to receive and transmit data as part of the IoT environment?
- Ted Smith, President, CEO and Co-Founder of Corvex. Connect with Ted on LinkedIn here.