Life-Critical Rules: Should We Soften Our Stance?

Friday • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM • Location: Ryman Studio F

Lisa Kazbour

Behavioral science has decades of literature that tells us that using punishment to support safety can lead to detrimental outcomes. Even so, many organizations have life-critical rules that come from a place of good intentions; after all, nobody wants to see workers hurt or killed. In this presentation, Lisa and Richard will discuss why punishment can harm safety efforts and explore why it may be worth considering softening our stance on life-critical rules.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will learn how punishment, threat, and life-critical rules can drive reporting underground and create dangerous working conditions.
  2. Participants will learn what punishment and threats are from a behavioral perspective.
  3. Participants will learn about using positive reinforcement as an alternative to punishment, and what results the use of positive reinforcement can impact.
Lisa Kazbour is an award-winning teacher, all-around behavioral science geek, coach, and Director of Harkera. She enjoys teaching leaders around the world the science behind why we do what we do and coaching them to improved results. In her free time Lisa enjoys photography, traveling, reading, and pretending to do yoga.