By Phil La Duke
We’ve all experienced this at one time or another: you point out an unsafe act or safety violation in good faith, only to have the worker shoot back some sarcastic, rude, or juvenile comment. It wears on you, but you’ve come to expect, accept (and probably) resent it. Why can’t people just grow up and let you do your job? The answer might not lie with the people with whom you interact, but rather HOW you interact with them.
In 1964 Dr. Eric Berne wrote The Games People Play, to identify and address what he describes as functional and dysfunctional social interactions. The book is a fantastic guide for interacting with workers. In the book, which has sold more than 5 million copies, Berne introduces the concept of transactional analysis that he believed was the key to interpreting social interactions. Transactional analysis is a method…
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