In the global sporting arena, ‘tagging’ is a common label we give to a player when they undertake the role of trying to prevent their opposing player from getting into the game. In other words, Tom, all I want you to do today is stop Roger from touching the ball. This implies that Tom will be ‘tagging’ Roger for the sole purpose of limiting his influence on the game. By doing so, Tom will improve his team’s chances of winning.
I was leaving the gym this morning and as I was opening the door, with my hands full of bags and all things that would occupy my time for the next 10-12 hours….. A gentlemen, whom I had not met before, made it his business to help me by holding the door open. A simple gesture like this, you may be thinking, is common courtesy….. Yes, I agree, and I also subscribe to the thinking that there are far more people in our world that act in this manner, than otherwise. However, what had the most effect on me, was when he smiled, looked me right in the eyes and said “I’VE GOT YOU COVERED MATE”.
Is Common Sense Enough?
One could debate that if our people just used more common sense, then legislative compliance would not need to take up so much time in the workplace. But there’s a glitch in this way of thinking….. We are living and working in a global environment where common sense is not always so common. Many would even say that common sense is on the decline. Regardless of whether you subscribe to the doomsday effect of a slide in common sense across the globe, I am sure you would agree that as workplaces become more heavily reliant on legislative compliance to police common sense, the exposure to claims against an employer, regardless of the size of the organisation, become significantly higher. So to answer our question….. Is common sense enough? Yes, common sense is a really good start. But, no, common sense is not enough, because people do not always practise common sense. In fact, sometimes people are so far from the line of common sense that it makes you wonder what planet we are all living on.