OK, I relent. I said in “I am not a policy wonk” that I wouldn’t turn Safety Differently into a checklistable, to-do algorithm or procedure. Well, now I have. Or at least in small part.
As most of you know, there are so many ‘Just Culture’ algorithms and flow charts out there, yet all they do is recycle a counterproductive retributive justice paradigm. They always boil down to: who broke the rule, how bad was it, and what should the consequences be.
There is plenty of evidence that these retributive algorithms do little to create justice: they are instruments of power, a convenient way for HR to help managers get rid of people, a way to shut people up and not share their incidents and near misses. They also fail to address the systemic issues that gave rise to the harms caused, since they reduce an incident to an individual who needs to be ‘just cultured’.
I thought, there’s got to be a better way to do this. So I made a Restorative Just Culture checklist.
Consider it my Christmas present to the community. It’s in the Public Domain. Please distribute far and wide, and give restorative justice in our workplaces a chance.
To download, just click the link below: