Archives: April 2019
April 30, 2019
April 29, 2019
In the game of life, we all know the end is inevitable, but are you doing everything you can to prolong the inevitable? As you go about your daily life, the moves (or choices) you make can have a significant impact on the length of your individual “game.”
As a driver one of the positive strategic moves you can make is reducing distractions while you are behind the wheel. The data indicates that as a nation, we’re not very good at reducing distractions. Overall, the statistics show that one in four crashes involve distracted drivers.
April 25, 2019
Doing anything for the first time is a learning experience. It has been no different with our first employee engagement survey that was conducted as part of the #Engage initiative. Our engagement champions have been working with managers and teams for a few months to help them conduct initial “State of the Team” conversations with their teams. Below are a few of the more frequently asked questions that have come up.
April 23, 2019
It’s been a while since we all got an email from Mark Lowe with the results of the DOT’s first employee engagement survey. Along with announcing the results, almost all managers, supervisors, and team leads who have been trained in the next steps. The couple dozen individuals who were selected to be “champions” have started supporting these managers, supervisors and team leads as they work toward conducting team discussions, called “State of the Team” regarding results and how to start working on an action plan for areas where scores may have been lower.
With work in our individual work units ramping up in many areas, some questions have come up about where to find the department results, who the champions are, and what’s expected. To help provide information that can answer these questions, an Engagement SharePoint site has been created.
April 22, 2019
Even if you’re the best driver you know, there are others on the road who are messing with their phones, eating, speeding or just plain not paying attention. Those are the people you need to prepare for by wearing your seat belt and making sure everyone in your vehicle is properly buckled.
April 15, 2019
April 15, 2019
We are all mortal and will one day face the end of our lives. While no one knows the exact date and time that we’ll say goodbye for the last time, there are some things we can do when we’re behind that wheel that could delay that final farewell.
April 8, 2019
We honor all of the men and women who put their lives on the line every day in highway work zones. Although we have their backs every day, it’s good to take some additional time during National Work Zone Awareness Week to give them the recognition they deserve.
This fiscal year, the Iowa DOT has $732M in construction planned. That means hundreds of work zones will be popping up all over Iowa. If you count all the county and city construction projects, that number easily jumps into the thousands.
April 2, 2019
April 1, 2019
In the line made famous by Mr. T in Rocky III, we “Pity the fool” who drives distracted. Not only is that person putting themselves in danger, they are increasing the likelihood of a crash for those on the road around them.
Distractions come in many forms, from the very obvious driver looking down and interacting with their phone instead of focusing on the road to the person enjoying a cheeseburger behind the wheel or the mom trying to quell a disagreement between her children in the backseat.