While recently holed up in Amsterdam for five days due to volcanic ash from Iceland, I added another scenario to my “predictable surprises” folder…airborne volcanic ash.
When I left Michigan expecting to reach Glasgow, Scotland some 12 hours later, I never thought I would be part of travel history. I saw first-hand that things go well until they don’t. Chaos quickly descended as travelers realized that they were stranded and airline officials ran for cover from the questioning horde. With Icelandic volcanoes having a history of “disrupting weather and history since 1783,” why was the airline industry caught speechless — and without a plan?
On a professional and personal level are we really any better prepared for the winds of change that might disrupt our tranquility at any time? How can we “ash-proof” what we deeply care about?
- What should we be doing as EHS professionals to “ash-proof” our careers? (I read recently that our well-being actually recovers more quickly from the death of a spouse than it does from a sustained period of unemployment. More on this in my next blog.)
- What should we be doing to “ash-proof” those EHS programs/initiatives that we’ve labored so long and hard for? (Change of boss coupled with budget cuts can be a deadly combination.)
I could ask many more questions but by now you’ve grasped my theme. Please share with us your “ash” stories, what you learned from them and lessons you’d like your EHS colleagues to take away from your experiences. Let’s learn from each other!