Safety starts at the top. Let us help you build a high-reliability organization!
A high-reliability organization (HRO) is an organization that has succeeded in avoiding catastrophes in an environment where normal accidents can be expected due to risk factors and complexity. Important case studies in HRO research include both studies of disasters (e.g., Three Mile Island nuclear incident, the Challenger explosion and Columbia explosion, the Bhopal chemical leak, the Tenerife air crash, the Mann Gulch forest fire, the Black Hawk friendly fire incident in Iraq) and HROs like the air traffic control system, naval aircraft carriers, and nuclear power operations.
There are five characteristics of a High-Reliability Organization:
- Preoccupation with failure
- Reluctance to simplify interpretations
- Sensitivity to operations
- Commitment to resilience
- Deference to expertise
When it comes to organizational consulting, we take a top-down approach. Many companies claim that safety starts at the top, but in reality, this isn't always the case. In order for safety to start at the top, an organization must have a generative (healthy) safety culture. Without a good safety culture, a company will find it difficult, if not impossible, to make safety one of the highest priorities throughout the organizational hierarchy. A healthy safety culture is also a pre-requisite for implementing a functional Safety Management System (SMS). Therefore, our approach begins at the highest levels of management and continues down to the line personnel in a pragmatic, logical fashion.
Employee selection is a critical element of a high-performance organization. The steps that must be taken to recruit new employees include Notification of Opening/Vacancy, Review of Resumes, Screening, Interviewing, Selection, and Testing. Once the most suitable employees are hired, they must be trained to perform their jobs efficiently and safely.
We can assist in the development, deployment and assessment of your safety training needs in a wide variety of areas. We have the experience and know-how to develop outstanding training events; in fact, we have developed training programs and courses for universities, aircraft manufacturers, MRO's, airlines and more. Our core training and development specialties are, but not limited to, Safety Management Systems (SMS), Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA), Human Factors (HF), Crew Resource Management (CRM), Train-The-Trainer, and Evidence-Based Training.
Employee satisfaction is how content, or satisfied, employees are with their jobs. Surveys are typically used to measure employee satisfaction, and these surveys address topics such as compensation, workload, perceptions of management, flexibility, teamwork, resources, and more. This type of feedback is important to organizations that want to understand how satisfied their employees are and to reduce turnover if there are problems.
Human Factors and Ergonomics (commonly referred to as HF&E), also known as comfort design, functional design, and systems, is the practice of designing products, systems, or processes to take proper account of the interaction between them and the people who use them. Human Factors and Ergonomics is concerned with the "fit" between the user, equipment, and their environments. It takes account of the user's capabilities and limitations in seeking to ensure that tasks, functions, information, and the environment suit each user.
Organization Development (OD) is the study of successful organizational change and performance. OD focuses on aligning organizations with their rapidly changing and complex environments through organizational learning, knowledge management, and transformation of organizational norms and values.
Key concepts of OD theory include: organizational climate (the mood or unique “personality” of an organization, which includes attitudes and beliefs that influence members’ collective behavior), organizational culture (the deeply-seated norms, values, and behaviors that members share) and organizational strategies (how an organization identifies problems, plans action, negotiates change, and evaluates progress). OD typically begins with measures of the organization's culture. We can develop and administer those measures, with, for instance, surveys, such as our proprietary Safety Culture Assessment Tool (SCAT).
Industrial and organizational psychology (I/O psychology), also known as occupational psychology, organizational psychology, and work and organizational psychology, is an applied discipline within psychology.
I/O psychology is the science of human behavior relating to work, and applies psychological theories and principles to organizations and individuals in their places of work, as well as the individual's work-life more generally. I/O psychologists are trained in the scientist–practitioner model. I/O psychologists contribute to an organization's success by improving the performance, motivation, job satisfaction, and occupational safety and health, as well as the overall health and well-being of its employees.
An I/O psychologist conducts research on employee behaviors and attitudes, and how these can be improved through hiring practices, training programs, feedback, and management systems.
I/O psychologists are trained in the scientist–practitioner model. I/O psychologists rely on a variety of methods to conduct organizational research. Study designs employed by I/O psychologists include surveys, experiments, quasi-experiments, and observational studies. I/O psychologists rely on diverse data sources including human judgments, historical databases, objective measures of work performance (e.g., sales volume), and questionnaires and surveys.
I/O researchers employ quantitative statistical methods. Quantitative methods used in I/O psychology include correlation, multiple regression, and analysis of variance. More advanced statistical methods employed in I/O research include logistic regression, structural equation modeling, and hierarchical linear modeling (HLM; also known as multilevel modeling). I/O research has also employed meta-analysis. I/O psychologists also employ psychometric methods including methods associated with classical test theory, generalizability theory, and item response theory (IRT).
I/O psychologists also employ qualitative methods, which largely involve focus groups, interviews, and case studies. I/O research on organizational culture research has employed ethnographic techniques and participant observation.
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We Have The Training And Experience To Make The Difference!
The Aviation Consulting Group provides organizational consulting for aviation operators on a worldwide basis. Our Industrial/Organizational (I/O) psychologist consultants not only hold Ph.Ds in their respective fields but also have practical experience in flight operations in the real world. This combination is a rare find and we are confident you will be pleased with our capabilities and YOUR results.
Dr. Robert Baron, Ph.D
Total Years of Experience: 29
Dr. Baron performs extensive work in his core specializations of Human Factors (HF), Safety Management Systems (SMS), Crew Resource Management (CRM), Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA), and organizational psychology. He consults with, and provides training to, hundreds of aviation organizations on a worldwide basis. Projects range from short workshops all the way up to, and including, full safety program implementation at some of the largest airlines and aircraft manufacturers in the world. He also works with various civil aviation authorities and accident investigation bureaus to improve safety at the very highest levels of the aviation system.
Dr. Baron has, and continues to be, published in various hard copy and electronic formats, including contributions to the Flight Safety Foundation’s publication Aero Safety World. Dr. Baron's extensive list of publications can be viewed by clicking here. Dr. Baron also presents at conferences and symposia on a regular basis, addressing various topics related to Safety Culture and Human Factors. Dr. Baron's full bio can be viewed here.
Dr. Preven Naidoo, Ph.D
Total Years of Experience: 18
Dr. Naidoo is a recognized leader in the fields of Crew Resource Management (CRM), Human Factors (HF), Safety Management Systems (SMS), Human Factors Design, Advanced Aircraft Training, Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA), aviation safety, organizational behavior, and quality improvement.
Dr. Naidoo has been involved as the lead project manager at South African Airways for their Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA program) in 2010. This included initial set up, design and implementation. He has also been involved in LOSA projects with two other large international carriers.
From 2010 – present, Dr. Naidoo has been involved in various aviation human factors research projects and worked with experts from the University of Pretoria, University of South Australia, and the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Projects included an analysis of human factor automation issues in both general aviation and civil airliners.
Dr. Naidoo is presently an airline pilot (instructor) on the Airbus A340/A330 with approximately 11000 hours experience, and the Human Factors Manager at South African Airways.
Dr. Naidoo publishes extensively on human factors in aviation, automation issues, and flight training, to improve flight safety, and embedding human factors engineering in the aviation system. He authored the book, "Airline Pilots’ Perceptions of Advanced Flight Deck Automation."
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