In English

03.12.2015

Risk-takers’ era

Everyone talks about risks. We admire risk-takers, new entrepreneurs are encouraged to take risks, and in general, “risk-takers succeed in life”. This is a positive attitude toward risks. We must think out of the box, welcome new opportunities and embrace them bravely.

But risk-taking is a double-edged sword. In other situations glorifying risk is not profitable. If I meet a person at a job interview who says right away that he is an unprejudiced risk-taker, I put a big question mark next to his name. Or if the tender for my home’s window renovation job reads: “We are an unprejudiced enterprise that takes risks”, that firm very likely won’t get the job. On some occasions risk-taking is a warning sign.

Here is the ambivalence of risk-taking – it is a double-edged sword. Regardless of their line of business, enterprises that are successful in the long run, try to avoid risks. They recognize risks and analyse them carefully. After that, they make decisions regarding how to prevent the risks. In this case, risk-taking is a negative action, not a trendy leap.

The campaign of this year’s ‘Tapaturmapäivä’ (Accident Day) urges us to put a stop to haste. Haste leads to risk-taking and is one of the biggest causes of accidents. Haste is often accepted as the status quo, and its causes are still analysed quite poorly.

Many workplaces and successful organizations are able to prepare for changing situations and various kinds of risks. The present issue of Telma contains good examples of this in the construction and industrial sectors, as well as in service work.

Don’t let risk jargon fool you – use your own brains and rise above it.

Ville Saarikoski

Substitute Chairman of Telma’s Editorial Board

ville.saarikoski@ttk.fi

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