Environment Always Changes
Change is an inevitable and constant reality in the aviation industry. In fact, lack of change is tantamount to a lack of growth in an economy. Likewise, if your aviation safety management system (SMS) is not changing, it’s not improving. "Continuous improvement of the SMS" is the third element of the "Safety Assurance" pillar of SMS.
But let’s face it, managing change can be tough because most of us dislike change.
- It’s uncomfortable.
- It’s frustrating.
- It doesn’t always make sense.
Moreover, it’s too easy to make the changes the wrong way – not the wrong changes, just changes that only act as a catalyst for resistance – and people seem to be ready to grumble over changes.
What’s worse, as the one driving the changes, you, as the safety manager, are in the hot seat.
Overcoming resistance to changes in the aviation industry doesn’t have to be fraught with peril.
Here are 7 ways for aviation safety managers to ease the pain: