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How to get ahead of the next big trend: We’ve got the inside scoop

By Lauren Smith

It seems like every season new trends emerge—fashion, technology, celebrities, you name it.

And every season there are always the people who were hip to the upcoming trends before they hit the mainstream.

Source: creatememe.chucklesnetwork.com

Source: creatememe.chucklesnetwork.com

If you’re like me, you may be left feeling like you catch on to something only after it becomes popular. For once it’d be great to be ahead of the trending curve.

Well, here at Heads Up we have some insider knowledge of what is sure to be the next big thing. And we’re talking huge—rumour is it will be the theme of the Olsen twins’ spring fashion show.

Want to know what it is so you can FINALLY say you were into something before it became mainstream?

 

You heard it here first:

It’s workplace safety!

With more than 30,000 workplace injuries/illnesses among 15-24 year-olds in 2013 (and that’s just in Canada), it’s no wonder being healthy and safe is becoming the fly thing to do.

So, what can you do with this exclusive information? You can follow these tips to show your friends and co-workers you were already being safe at work before it becomes hip.

 

Steps to get ahead of the trend:

  1. If your boss asks you to do something that seems unsafe, speak up.

    Your boss will be super impressed with your keen awareness of safety and will likely want to promote you to be co-boss.

  2. Not sure how to do a task safely? Ask someone who knows.

    Once safety becomes mainstream at your workplace, he/she will be in awe that you cared about safety before it became cool.

  3. If you see people doing something unsafe, don’t be shy: let them know they’re being unsafe.

    Not only will they be blown away by your focus on safety, they’ll be grateful you helped them avoid a potential accident and will presumably want to buy you lunch.

  4. Always keep an eye out for safety and be the first to spot any potential hazards.

    Point them out to your boss or safety manager—this will also likely lead to a promotion.

  5. There’s no such thing as over the top when it comes to safety fashions.

    Protect any and all areas of your body that could be exposed to potential hazards with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE): goggles, ear plugs, gloves, hard hat, whatever is required for the job.

    For an extra edge, you can even don a reflective vest to ensure you’re seen in all your safety glory:

Source: workplacelearningcentre.co.uk

Source: workplacelearningcentre.co.uk

If you follow these steps, you’re guaranteed to look like a safety guru before it becomes chic. But act fast—trends can become mainstream faster than you can say Heads Up!

 

Disclaimer: Being safe at work is always trendy because missing out on work and on life due to a workplace injury will never be in style. 

 

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