When one talks about health and safety at the workplace, one’s mind is usually and almost instantly set on things related to wearing helmets, protection glasses, safety shoes and other safety gear. However, there are things which are just as important and which effect one’s behaviour and attitude at the workplace just as much as having to deal with dangerous health risks at work.
This is the final element in our health and safety management system, and it takes us to the point where we can begin a new cycle of improvement for the coming period. But before we do this we must make an assessment of our performance thus far so that we can identify our strengths and weaknesses, learn from them, and set targets for the future.
Providing adequate ventilation and lighting are the basics of a healthy working environment. We don’t all live in a yellow submarine, where there would be no windows to open and extremely cramped living and working quarters. If you join the navy as a submariner, you know what you’re going in for. But when you join a land-based organisation, you do not expect to find cramped workplaces with a lack of natural air and lighting.
Your people are your assets: The globally-oriented ethics of Corporate Social Responsibility also have to be translated in sound, human resources management practices within the organisation itself.
What makes a good leader? To begin with, leaders don’t wait for other people to give them permission to do something. They just seem to get on with doing it. People who are leaders will accept full responsibility for any choices they may make.
Ask as many people you can think of to explain how they define ‘Human Resource Management’ and you will get a variety of answers. The people who run the HR department in all organisations will tell you how differently they are perceived by their staff, and quite often incorrectly.
Entrepreneurs know that hiring the wrong employee can cause damage to an entire department, whether from a disastrous mistake made by the new hire, or the department’s low morale due to the burden of repairing it. Some HR departments still make staffing decisions based upon just two screening methods: the resume and the in-person interview. Both are important to the hiring process, but not enough to insure a proper fit.
Human resources are the only natural resource our country has and thus needed to be protected. And since Malta depended a great deal on its workforce, its economic progress could only be achieved if this is tied up with social development – this is what, at the end of the day, will improve the quality of life of the Maltese citizens.
Training your staff is an essential investment in today’s changing and competitive environment. But just sending staff to attend training programs is not enough. You can maximize the impact of your investment by following these key guidelines for management and staff interaction “before”, “during” and “after” the training programme.
When people talk about the sense commitment they have to their team or group, one cannot help but wonder what that essence is that makes a good team. What is it that binds the people within the team to work hard, to do more than is expected, to show initiative, to be creative, to give their loyalty to the team?