Read on for some examples…
If you don’t believe me, consider how many times you have either heard (or possibly said) some of the following statements:
- “Whilst I am cleaning this window, I’ll just reach a bit further to save having to move the ladder” – preceding by a visit to hospital
- “I’ve only got one hole to drill in this wall, I’ll just manage without safety goggles” – again followed by a trip to hospital
- “Whilst the server is down to reset the UPS , I’ll just apply this patch.” – this time followed by many hours of head scratching and swearing as you try to get the server back to a stable condition
- “I know I should find out the right job code to use, I’ll just leave it as the default” – start of ongoing data quality problems
- “I know this data is wrong, I’ll just enter it and someone else will sort it out” – even more data problems
- “I’ve extracted data from the ERP system into this spreadsheet, I’ll just update the spreadsheet because it is quicker than the ERP system” – those data anarchists again!
- “I’ll just email out this employee data to our service supplier, it will not need encrypting as email is secure” – prior to a leak of employee details on the internet and damage to the reputation of your organisation
- “I like this screensaver I downloaded from the internet, I’ll just put in on my work computer using my data stick” – immediately followed by a serious malware infection of the organisation’s IT
Sometimes these are indications that someone knows that they are taking a risk, but they will take it anyway, regardless of the consequences. Sometimes it is just a case of people not thinking through the consequences of their actions. Whichever reason is used, the phrase “I’ll just….” should be a warning.
Can you think of a more dangerous phrase/word than “I’ll just…”?