Editor's Note: It’s still ‘All About You’

December 20, 2019

As we begin a new year, Safety+Health welcomes back Richard Hawk and his monthly All About You column.

Richard has been part of the S+H family for more than six years. It doesn’t seem nearly so long ago that, knowing the popularity of his sessions at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, I asked if he’d be interested in contributing a motivational column that spoke directly to safety professionals. This is from his first column in September 2013, in which he pledged to help readers stay “inspired, energized and focused”:

    The columns will not be about the elements of your safety and health program. Those elements certainly are important, but these articles are just about you – someone who works in a field that presents unique challenges. I know from years of personal experience as a full-time safety supervisor what it’s like to be asked, “How are we going to prevent this from happening again?” by an operations manager when you don’t know the answer, what it’s like to feel that you only get attention when there’s a problem, and what it’s like to walk up on a group of workers who quickly dive for their personal protective equipment once they see you!

From Trusted techniques for tackling stage fright and Dealing with professional jealousy and envy to Be an active listener and Realize you’re making a difference, the headlines of his columns reflect Richard’s passion for helping people bring out the best in themselves.

In that first column, Richard said that “if you’ll come along for the ride, I’m confident you’ll have a good time and be glad you gave me your attention.” We’re happy to have him at the wheel. Here’s to an inspiring 2020.