Workshop 2 - Are good health and safety arrangements consistent with high productivity and performance?
What are the key features of a productive, high performance workplace?
- Leadership, effective at all levels, clarity of vision and a shared purpose
- Shared values
- Effective worker engagement
- Communication - up, down and across
- Sustainability - taking the long view
- Well organised, well structured - everyone aware of their role and how they contribute
- Common satisfaction, pride and a sense of well being.
What are the key features of good h & s arrangements in an organisation?
- Proportionate risk control measures, relevant and tailored to organisational and business need
- Intelligible, accessible and integrated into process
- Cultural integrity
- Active involvement at all levels - a common sense of ownership and clear roles
- High expectations of high performance
- Being seen and so accepted as adding value to the workplace - buy-in
- No blame - although this needs to be balanced against the need for accountability
Is there a relationship between the two - or not?
Yes, there is because:
- Good health and safety arrangements help to sustain high performance - although actually measuring this poses difficulties (a large organisation may find it easier to do so than an SME)
- Good health and safety arrangements minimise the risk of business disruption
- Helps to remove blame as an issue if incidents do occur
- Helps to encourage a supportive management culture
- Helps and promotes good job design
- Promotes commitment and personal responsibility