Culture of prevention
All workplaces have a health and safety culture and some are stronger than others. Culture is often described as “the way things are done around here,” or “what employees do when no one is watching.” The culture of an organization is the product of Individual and group beliefs, values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies, and the default “patterns of behaviors and habits” with respect to health & safety. It is also a larger part of the organizational culture profile and is driven in large part by management.
The COVID-19 pandemic has and is changing workplace cultures again, in profound ways.
At the beginning of the pandemic, no one knew what to expect. From inhalators, to PPE to bed space, for first few months were chaotic at best. Companies had to deal with employee and customer health and safety, but not every reaction or action was the same.
From the company's side, if a business or its employees were not considered essential, they were forced to close for various periods while government looked for solutions.
We are in 2021 and some things have gotten better while others have worsened.