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Story telling to change safety culture

In Behavior change, BEST.ARTICLE.EVER., Patient Safety, Safety climate on May 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm

While this study is about the workplace and not patient safety in particular, it shows the importance of story telling on culture.
Workplace culture influences patient safety.

The researchers identified several forms and functions of these stories:

To control behavior: These forms of stories serve as lessons, and indoctrination to the behaviors that are either encouraged or discouraged by the moral. Themes of punishment or reward are common.
Oppositional stories: These stories provide an outlet for expressing frustration with the company. Researchers suggested that even these types of stories can be used strategically, if key leaders in the organization are aware of them.
Differentiation/integration: This type of story serves to answer the question, “Who are we as a group?” These stories establish the unique identity of the company, and make a distinction between the organization and its competitors. These tales shape impressions of the organization, and the employees’ place within it.
Preparation for the future and change: These stories can be used to provide stability and a road map during times of difficulty or change by setting examples for solving problems.

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