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Analysis paralysis can happen in any organization. And even if the term isn’t familiar to you, the experience probably is. When you’re spending so much time thinking about the problem at hand that you’re unable to make a decision about how to move forward, you’re stuck in analysis paralysis.
There are many reasons why you might experience analysis paralysis. Maybe you’re overly cautious because you’ve been burned before or perhaps you don’t have confidence in the information you’re receiving.
It’s possible that you don’t feel qualified to make the necessary decision or there’s too much information to sift through. As a safety professional, analysis paralysis can affect your team’s productivity and at the highest levels, even risk your employment.
A safety professional has a lot of responsibility riding on how well their job duties are performed. And if you’re struggling to decide between two kinds of PPE, monitoring systems or training programs, precious time is wasted as you continue to gather data, consider your options, and seek out additional opinions, reviews or references.
That time could be marred by an employee injury or workplace accident, and no one wants to say the organization was planning on rolling out safety features or training but everyone was waiting on the decision-maker.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your inability to follow through on decision-making. These strategies can be used individually or a few at a time, depending on your needs:
By deploying these strategies as single assists or in combination, you’ll stand a much better chance of overcoming analysis paralysis.
The goal of each of these steps is to drive action. If one technique doesn’t work for you, try another. And the next time you’re faced with a complicated, time-sensitive or otherwise important decision to be made, include some of these ideas in your planning process to avoid getting hung up on overthinking.
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