I was asked recently for a definition of time, I had to ponder on the question because, even though I know what it is, I might struggle to give a succinct definition, but who needs to struggle when we can Google it!
I found a definition that included this sentence “The passing of time is indeed closely connected to the concept of space.” I then searched for a definition of space and chose “a continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied”.
From a HSE prospective it has been long established principle that keeping space between people and hazards is a good thing, when we drive we are taught to keep space between ourselves and other vehicles, again a good thing. Another good example is an area with good standards of housekeeping, it allows people to move freely whilst also creating a positive mindset.
I think enough has been said about maintaining a social distance but perhaps not enough about minimising mental distancing?
Thinking about wellbeing, one of the benefits of mindfulness is that it creates a space in the mind that allows us to rest, this principle also applies to things such as yoga and meditation so creating space is by and large a good thing.
We sometimes need to delete files from our computers or mobile phones to make space for new information.
One of the measures of a positive HSE culture is that it allows for open discussion and debate at and between all levels and one where people are consulted and asked for opinions.
We will not always get what we want but employees who feel that they can express a view without being suppressed are far more likely to engage in a process.
It doesn’t matter if you are a Manager, Supervisor, Parent or Friend it is important that we allow people the space to express themselves, one way or another those feelings will be expressed, the secret is to make that expression a positive experience.