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Prevention and the Workplace

by Diego Nascimento  

Last week my family had three people infected by the dengue virus. Immediately we began a search for the likely outbreak of mosquitoes, but the location remained a mystery. Even with the constant awareness campaigns for cleaning potted plants, collecting tires and other things, there are still people who do not understand the importance of that message.  Once again prevention is the magical ingredient to avoid the unpleasant symptoms of that disease. In our everyday work in the workplace the scenario is no different: how many professionals receive training, guidance and monitoring to prevent failures in processes, and because it is more convenient or even on purpose, they insist on errors that contribute to a chain of events which leads to failures, which, in the end, affects the whole company? Although there is a treatment for this problem, it is ultimately only the professional who can opt for healing, “taking the first step” in seeking change and when necessary, recognizing that help is needed. Our decisions have results in the short and long-term which can affect one or more persons. It is in this line of thinking that I recall the traditional saying: “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” Invest in your career! Good work.


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