People Support What They Help Create. Hence managers, supervisors and workers need to cooperate in identifying problems and agreeing solutions. For this to be achieved workers need to be convinced their opinions are valued, their participation is encouraged; and that improvements in working conditions will result.
It is essential that managers create the atmosphere in which workers feel confident to raise issues and express opinions. Both formal consultation methods and informal measures have a role in enhancing the communications within an organisation. Hoever, it is central to the Worker Involvement approach that such measures are developed through internal resources.
All too often organisations are presented with the consultant's reorganisation template. This can straight-jacket managers into implementing a model that might be costly and resource intensive to apply. Yet for many issues in health and safety, the knowledge of the workforce can often identify solutions. They just need to be given a chance to influence the development of working practices.
Half Day Briefing
BRYSON Consulting will be holding a series of half day seminars to identify how the Worker Involvement initiative can be developed by organisations to inspire greater workforce engagement. This will the highlight the key measures that are needed to improve worker involvement from where it currently operates within an organisation's health and safety management system.
One Day Workshop
BRYSON Consulting are also running bespoke one day workshops for individual organisations. Within this Workshop managers and health and safety representatives will be guided through a series of exercises to:
- Identify key health and safety issues.
- Analyse the current systems for dealing with health and safety within the organisation.
- Review various methods of worker consultation, involvement and engagement.
- Agree the main priorities which will form a joint action programme.
BRYSON Consulting believes that around 90% of health and safety problems in an organisation can be resolved internally. Hence the Workshop is designed to motivate managers and health and safety representatives develop ways of working which underpin a continuous improvement in health and safety standards. In turn improving worker involvement is also recognised to enhance business performance as well.