By George Robotham – www.ohschange.com.au
OHS people must have technical OHS skills. My experience is that broader skills such as leadership, communications, interpersonal and team building skills are also necessary. I have facilitated some interactive learning for OHS team members and believe such learning has significant benefit for both established and new teams.
Teams are small groups of people with complimentary skills who work together as a unit to achieve a common purpose for which they hold themselves collectively accountable.
Some of the features of a one day teambuilding workshop are-
Team members discuss-What they do, How they do it, What the challenges are, What they would like to do if they had the resources, What assistance they want from the team leader to help them perform at a high level.
Force field analysis (Similar to S.W.O.T) on the organisation safety management system.
Facilitator to discuss human needs and how the team can meet these needs.
Identify the characteristics of highly effective teams, group discussion and feedback.
Facilitator discussion of creating a high performance team.
Explore what is necessary to have a highly effective safety team in XYZ organisation-explore in groups & report back.
Discussion on the concept of each team member facilitating a WOW project.
Discussion on “Where to from here?”-What additional assistance is needed to participants in their journey to build a highly effective team.
Homework Participants will be encouraged to prepare a Personal Action Plan for making the safety team at XYZ organisation a highly effective team. This is to be sent to the facilitator within 2 weeks of the conclusion of this workshop.
After the workshop
Facilitator will collate responses to the personal action plans and prepare a draft action plan for discussion.
Facilitator to distribute a summary of workshop conclusions and recommendations to participants and management.
Participants to share team building plans with direct reports and get feedback.
Monthly discuss improved approach with team.
Monthly discuss with stakeholders progress on the WOW project.
Celebrate success of the WOW project.
Recognition of best WOW project.
Some of the resource material for discussion follows
The Change Navigator-K. Hanks
We want to live. There are physical needs such as food, air, water, the right temperature, health etc.
We want to love and be loved. Human beings are social beings needing a partner and friends who care and can be cared for.
We need a sense of belonging to someone and something, to be accepted into something more than ourselves, such as a relationship, an organisation or a belief.
We want a purpose in our lives, a sense we have a place in the greater order of things and our existence means something.
We want to become more. More than we are now. We want to grow and progress.
We want to feel important, respected for who and what we are. We want people to value us in some way. We desire impact on something and someone in making a difference.
We want to have variety. We want to have experiences in life, to interact with new people, ideas, things and situations
We want to be competent in the things we do. We seek for expression and the ability to do it well.
We want to be safe within our physical and social environment. We want to be secure in our person and in our place from both physical and emotional harm
Create clear roles & goals
Willing to try new ideas
Build mutual trust
Ensure mutual accountability and a common purpose
Establish clear rules for behaviour by the team
Creating high performing teams
Get the vision, scope and objectives right
Call a spade a spade
Get the right people
Require people to do their homework
Never move slowly on critical personal issues
Constantly upgrade skills
Build trust through appropriate self-disclosure
Consider “What’s in it for me” from the perspective of the other person
Create short-term wins
Clearly defined roles
Be a bit crazy when appropriate (calculated risk-taking is good!)