All entries for Sunday 30 May 2010
May 30, 2010
This is an entry that I have saved as a draft for a long time. This is about my thoughts about the role of managers after the siutation awareness workshop.
In many of our MBE modules, we look at the accidents happened to emphasize the importance of doing things right. During the discussion after the workshop, I was so impressed and shocked about the responsibility of managers over all the accidents happened in the workplace. That is right. Managers have to see the big picture and they have the duty to make sure that the working place is safe for everyone. This is a very serious responsibility (that's why managers get higher salary than the shop floorXP).
Attentive to details is a very essential character for the manager to avoid workplace accidents. The manager should have the ability to image how the worst things can happen and take precausions to avoid them. Of course, managers are humans but not gods. They cant be perfect without the help of the others. Thus, it is important to create a culture in the company that safety is the number one priority for the business. For instance, workers are the ones that understand the processes best. They might know the things related to safety that can be easily forgotten by staff. Then, they can report this to the manager so that he/she can take further actions, like providing trainings or simply giving out warnings and reminders. At the end of the day, this kind of corporate culture is also the responsibility of the top management. So, this is a real challenge for every manager.