Teamwork and Safety

Teamwork and Safety Go Hand in Hand

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You are likely familiar with the saying, “A team is only as strong as its weakest link.” With that, especially in relation to safety, having a strong team that can rely, protect, and respect one another is key. Teamwork is imperative. When a team is cohesive and works well together, individuals are more engaged, more productive, and are more satisfied at work. A great team environment benefits everyone including individual employees, managers, and the organization.  

So, today let’s chat about some ways in which you can encourage teamwork, and be an excellent team member. 

Merriam-Webster defines teamwork as, “work done by a group acting together so that each member does a part that contributes to the efficiency of the whole.” When you are part of a team, you are one of the moving parts that works toward a common goal. However, not everyone is a strong team member, which is where mistakes and accidents can occur in the workplace. 

Cultivating teamwork tips 

Open and honest communication 

To establish a strong team, creating an environment where open and honest communication among team members is key. When people feel comfortable with one another, as well as leadership, they are more likely to speak up regarding safety issues, concerns, and incidents. This will ensure that you have a team dedicated to safety, and being transparent when mistakes occur.  

When discussing or establishing safety related matters in the workplace, it is important for all members, leadership especially, to use clear and concise language. Encourage questions and participation from team members to make sure that everyone understands what is expected of them, and also feels safe in asking for clarification or help along the way. 

Establish roles and responsibilities 

A key point to help build a strong team is to ensure all employees clearly understand their roles and responsibilities. Each person will have their own part in contributing to the safety of others, so clearly define what that entails and what is expected of them. In doing this, you also create a chain of command where people know who to report issues to, where to find support and resources, and what the requirements of their job are.  

Dedication to training and education 

Ensure that all team members are regularly provided appropriate safety training. This includes outlining proper safety protocols and procedures in the workplace. By holding regular safety meetings, or toolbox talks, you keep everyone informed about potential dangers and best practices should an incident occur.  

While safety is priority, you build a stronger team by taking part in activities and team building exercises outside of the organization as well. 

Show respect and support 

Without respect, your team is likely to fail. Therefore, ensure that individuals feel that they are valued members of the organization and serve roles that are fulfilling and purposeful. Offer support and expertise when required, but also trust that your team members are capable and well equipped to do their job properly.  

When the opportunity arises, celebrate achievements and milestones. Positive reinforcement goes a long way and will further strengthen your team and their safety awareness. 

Our Creating Great Teamwork course will help you set the right team norms and expectations, create a strong team culture, as well as help your employees strengthen their ability to work with others. This, in turn, will strengthen the level of teamwork your team experiences.

If you have any questions about safety in your workplace, contact our team today