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Importance of situational awareness in the workplace

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Whether you work in an office, on a construction site or as a real estate agent, situational awareness is extremely important to ensuring you and your coworkers are safe on the job. Being aware of the world around you can help prevent injuries or accidents, as well as alert you if you have entered a potentially unsafe situation. How can situational awareness impact you, and why is it important? Read more to find out.

What is situational awareness?

Situational awareness is a relaxed state of being aware of your immediate surroundings, and how your actions or other’s actions will impact the world around you. While you don’t need to be paranoid or jumpy, you should be cognizant of what is happening.

Benefits of situational awareness:

  • Injury prevention —
    Say you’re working a construction site, and you’re aware of your general surroundings. This could help you avoid stepping into the way of someone with power tools or out in front of an oncoming vehicle. It can also help you safely use tools or move equipment without putting others at risk.
  • Personal safety —
    Situational awareness is important for those who have to travel to unknown locations with strangers frequently, such as real estate agents or Realtors. Practicing situational awareness can ensure that if you do have to be in these situations, you can do so safely.
  • Good business practices —
    Situational awareness is important for businesses who might have a lot of walk in traffic that could cause difficult situations. You can identify potentially hazardous or dangerous situations, as well as ways to diffuse them, before the situation escalates.

How can you develop situational awareness? Learn from others —
The best way to start developing situational awareness is to take a class or educational seminar from someone who is knowledgeable on the subject. While you can learn about the topic from reading articles or trying to be vigilant, someone who has been in your situation and has professional training on the topic will be able to impart knowledge best.

  • Learn from others —
    The best way to start developing situational awareness is to take a class or educational seminar from someone who is knowledgeable on the subject. While you can learn about the topic from reading articles or trying to be vigilant, someone who has been in your situation and has professional training on the topic will be able to impart knowledge best.

  • Take time — 
    One of the best ways to be aware of your surroundings is to stop and scan a situation before acting. This gives you time to think and assess what’s going on before you act.

  • Listen to your gut —
    Often, you already have a base-level instinct that will “talk” to you during new or unfamiliar situations. Listen to this instinct, and if you feel something is off, say something and find a way to immediately improve whatever feels wrong.

Are you looking for ways to practice situational awareness? Contact Cogburn Enterprises for our upcoming situational awareness classes for real estate agents. These classes count for continuing education credits, and will help increase the safety of your day-to-day operations.

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