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It’s official. The Silly Season is on our doorstep and wherever you look there are tips for surviving it – how to survive office parties, recover from hangovers, stay slim … and now, from me, how to keep the safety spirit alive and, literally, survive at work, at home, at play and on the road.


It’s the Final Countdown!

It is the same, tiresome “old song”, a hardy perennial – complaining about the so-called “Silly Season”, but yet, so often, doing nothing about it because we feel so helpless.

Every year, at around this time, I get asked for a quick-fix solution to combat the effects of people letting down their guard – before, during and after the holidays.

The answer lies in understanding what is different about the “Silly Season” to any other time of the year:

  • We have our minds set on taking time out and getting a break. We are preoccupied with planning a vacation, taking a trip, spending time with our families and in general doing something different from the everyday slog of working.
  • We are being bombarded with advertising and Christmas lights and Christmas music on the radio and TV as early as October.
  • ” ‘Tis the season to be jolly” i.e. celebrating with “wine, women and song” and afterwards hitting the road, either driving or on foot. Nearly half of the road deaths are pedestrians.
  • We are down-shifting gears, losing FOCUS on safety and much more inclined to “tata ma chance”, and, for those people who have to work while everyone else is on holiday, it is especially tough to stay focused.
  • We work with less staff on shift and it’s mostly the junior, less experienced people who stay behind. The old hands pull rank and go on leave, placing steering of the ship through the troubled Christmas break in the hands of the second team.
Knock! Knock! Who's there? Itsilly. Itsilly who? It's SILLY SEASON time!

The critical question is: Are you SERIOUS about taking ACTION to deal with this safety issue and are you willing to invest TIME & MONEY to show your employees that you are indeed serious?


  1. Get the senior managers (EXCO level and those reporting to the EXCO) to “Walk the Talk” on the site. The key here is constant visibility!
  2. Issue “Silly Season Safety Official” vests to the senior managers and SHE Reps and make them hand out safety reminders at the office / factory / mine gate!


Download a copy of my 10 Tips to Kill the Silly Season.


Your feedback and comments are always welcome! Drop me a line!

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