Lesson 8: Improving Team Effectiveness

Lesson 8: Improving Team Effectiveness

Although leadership is critical in the improvement of employee safety and health, the use of teams to point out what needs to be done is of equal importance. The leader can only accomplish so much in moving toward this very large goal. He or she needs help from all employees in order to achieve success. According to McKenzie et al. (2005), employees need to be involved because they are in contact with potential safety and health problems, they are more likely to support safety if they are involved in the process, and as a group they can offer a wide range of experiences. Employees need to be separated into teams with specific responsibilities in order to make this assignment successful.
Andr é (2008) notes that one of the most important components of developing a team is choosing individuals who can develop cohesion to keep the process going. The formal leader also needs to recognize that each group will also host at least one or more informal leaders. It is very important to use the expertise and the other powers of this informal leader in order to achieve health and safety objectives. If the team is to be effective, its members and leader need to be given the respect they deserve. They are the ones who can be the real catalyst in the process of change.

 

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