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Phil Price

Electrical Qualifier
With an extensive industry background, Phil Price is an expert in many sectors across energy efficiency, demand response and grid optimization. He leverages his decades of experience to provide expertise.

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Work is Personal

There’s a topic that keeps coming up in my professional life, and it’s quite simply this: work is personal. What you do on the job is an expression of yourself, albeit through many filters of corporate speak and the lens of your occupation’s unique perspective. I’ve worked with many people over the years, especially younger ones, who seem to think they flip a switch and turn off work precisely at 5 PM. Their personal lives then restart on the way to their homes or the gym or wherever they choose to go.

Flight of the Bumblebee

Here in the South, we have a bee that eats wood, destroying otherwise fine architecture, fences and outdoor furniture. It’s called the white-faced bee or white-faced bumble. Somehow, over time it has become known as the carpenter bee – a most disrespectful misnomer as no carpenter intentionally destroys something made of wood. Well, okay, I will admit I did once destroy a book cabinet I had made, but in my defense, it was built out of square, out of plumb, and out of level.

Address Your Stress

When you’re busy or stressed, it doesn’t take much to become upset. This could be caused by something major, like a work request you’re not able to complete, or something small, like a clicking sound across the room that won’t stop. It could even be caused by something traditionally considered a safety measure, like the alarm sounding in your car when you put your key in the ignition. Stressors like these can create a real dent in the daily dirigible of deliverance.

Safety Only Works If You Do

In a society of ever-increasing rules, we tend to lean on the bureaucracies that create the regulations to support us. However, it’s important to understand that rules aren’t what truly keep us safe. At the end of the day, safety only occurs when we take an actionable stance on being safe. Reading endless OSHA recommendations doesn’t make us one whit safer until we actually take responsibility for our own actions. Having a hard hat and safety glasses is good practice, however, being aware of your environment is the true first line of protection. By never putting yourself in harm’s way, you will not need to utilize the protection afforded by the safety systems. Counting on safety rules and regulations is a passive approach, much like playing defense in a game without ever scoring. It’s solid offense that carries the ball and wins games, and it’s a proactive stance on safety that will ensure your safety. All too often, I see people relying on some process or electronic gizmo to protect them, when the reality is that no process can be counted on to be foolproof.


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