Lets resolve to make 2016 a better year for the North Sea

Whilst contemplating our own individual promises and intentions for the year ahead, over at imorph HQ this week we considered how our resolutions could apply to the industry as a whole. So, after a challenging year for most of us working across the North Sea, let’s collectively strive to improve in 2016 with these suggested resolutions:

1. Be more organised 

If we plan and organise our time better we can achieve more. It’s a simple concept but one we often fail to implement successfully.

Several of the problems our clients present us with (and a trend that extends across the sector) can largely be attributed to planning and scheduling oversights and inconsistencies. Planning systems and software don’t work effectively when planning theory and strategy is absent.

Combine best practice theory with comprehensive processes and planning tools to be more successful.

Beyond planning and scheduling, organising communications and managing change efficiently can significantly improve operational performance, productivity and morale.

2. Review spending habits

After benefiting from years of trading amidst a thriving oil price, as an industry we became accustomed to reactive and often unnecessary spending.

Where maximising production was top priority in good times – and at any cost –  now that we’re operating in a challenging climate, cost and operational efficiencies have become our focus.

Providing safety and quality is not compromised, cost and operational efficiencies drive greater profits – is this not something we should strive for regardless of whether the oil price is high or low?

With the landscape still temperamental, we need to evaluate the return on our investments and assess whether there truly is value in everything we spend. This shouldn’t just be a measure to cut costs in the short term but a consideration of the bigger picture and a plan for an environment with a barrel price that sits below $50.

Is there a tangible value associated with each spend? Could budgets be allocated more effectively to drive greater value? Are there different approaches we can take and still maintain or even improve outputs?

3. Learn a new skill

Whilst concerns over skills shortages in the North Sea are nothing new, anxiety has grown amid extensive job losses and an increase in personnel opting for early retirement and international transfers as redundancies loom.

It’s important we start taking action to mitigate the risk of this potential skills gap now by ensuring the knowledge of our experienced personnel is transferred effectively.

This is also an opportune time to develop new and enhance existing skills. With the inevitable departmental redesigns that have arisen from restructuring and redundancies, many of us will be tasked with undertaking new responsibilities as part of our roles. We may also be doing more work but with less people.

Consider training and learning opportunities that enable personnel to perform new tasks, develop new skills and respond to increased workplace demands.

4. Take better care of ourselves

Looking after ourselves by eating better, quitting smoking or drinking a little less alcohol are classic resolutions. Looking after ourselves and each other extends to the workplace too, particularly in high risk environments with potential safety hazards.

It’s far too easy to assume accidents won’t happen to us but lets do more than assume. Lets prevent, support and intervene where we can.

If you see a potentially dangerous situation, intervene. It could be the interaction that prevents a serious incident.

Beyond safety, talking to each other when we observe something that doesn’t sit quite right can often result in us learning something new about a job, piece of equipment or procedure. Whilst increasing our awareness and understanding of our workplace and the roles of our colleagues is in itself a positive outcome, it could also lead to the discovery of new ways of working that are safer and more efficient as we gain outsider perspectives and ideas.

5. Broaden our horizons 

We tend to be creatures of habit and whilst this can be comforting, particularly in times of volatility, we should always seek to broaden our horizons.

Challenge the norm and explore alternative solutions, technologies, approaches and suppliers.

imorph was established following the realisation that there had to be a better way to train, have you considered there may be a better way to do what you are doing?

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