HRMT20024 Managing Human Resources 6 : Essay Fountain

Question:

Topic: Managing work health and safety

Purpose

The primary purpose of this assessment is for you to develop a critical understanding of future trends in HRM within the context of current academic literature. The second purpose is to develop your oral communication and presentation skills.
 

Answer:

Article: 7 Ways to Improve Operations Without Sacrificing Worker Safety

Article – objective

  • Research Objective:
  • Primary: The aim of the research is to analyse the relationship between workplace health and safety with obtained revenue streams and productivity
  • Secondary: The research is focused on creating ways in which workplace health and safety can beimproved by maintaining revenue stream of an organisation.
  • Research question:
  • How safety of workers are being compromised for cost reduction? Example with DuPont facilities.
  • Can company be successful and safe at the same time?
  • What can be the actions taken by top management to promote health and safety at workplace?
 

Research method

  • The research was conducted through primary research. The research is qualitative in nature
  • Being a part of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), the author has conducted interviews with senior leadership of multiple organizations; to know their views regarding workplace profitability and importance of safety.
  • It was observed that, the author has conducted more than 20 interviews as a part of study. One of the interviews he explained and focused was with DuPont facility CEO.
  • The study has covered major organizations of United States of America

Research findings

  • Creating ways to manage workplace health and safety with maintaining profitability & productivity

– Awareness of the health aspects on top management (Michaels, 2018)

– Create safety culture at workplace and award employees with incentives

– People make mistakes, take responsibility and don’t blame employees

– Generally, Organisation aims for lowering the rate of injuries every year; rather it should aim for ZERO injuries

– Create lead indicators to mitigate the risk of injuries; for instance Allergan company has designed an indicator named ‘Good observations’

– Design effective safety and health management system

Literature review findings

– Assessing current workplace scenario, intervene and develop a model which promote safety considering food industry (Sorensen, et al., 2019)

– Employees & employers are equally responsible to follow health and safety guidelines (Jonathan & Mbogo, 2016)

– Ethical climates and workplace behaviours affects the mental health of employees (Rathnayake & Karunasena, 2016)

– Employee engagement leads to less stressful work environment (Peart, 2019)

Conclusion

– It is essential for top management to consider the work place safety as important as profitability

– Workers’ physical safety is as important as mental health

– Safety is not priority in the TO-DO list of operations, it is a prerequisite condition to start the organization

– OSHA has played major role in promoting health and safety at workplace, it results in 9% reduction in injuries that triggered workers’ compensation claims in the four years

– Positive relationship between employee mental and physical health on productivity and ultimately profitability

– Safe and secure environment leads to better productivity and promotes job loyalty

Article – how does it contribute to this week’s topic

  • The literature review discussed about all strategic level and operational level of current issues
  • The covered issues
  • Such as workplace injuries, stress related issue, work shifts and affecting body clock of an individual, employees personal issue which affects the overall mental and physical health of an individual
  • The ways which were shows in the article to manage workplace health and safety by the author are similar with Five-step program discussed on the lecture (Nankervis, Baird, Coffey, & Shields, 2016)
  1. formulating a precautionary strategy
  1. Designing stress diagnostic model and system
 

References

Jonathan, G. K., & Mbogo, R. W. (2016). Maintaining Health and Safety at Workplace: Employee and employer’s role. Journal of Education and Practice, 7(29), 1-7.

Michaels, D. (2018, March 21). 7 Ways to Improve Operations Without Sacrificing Worker Safety. Harvard Business review.

Nankervis, A. R., Baird, M., Coffey, J., & Shields, J. (2016). Managing work health and safety . In M. B. Alan R. Nankervis, Human resource management: strategy and practice. AHRI.

Peart, N. (2019, November 5). Making Work Less Stressful and More Engaging for Your Employees. Retrieved from https://hbr.org: https://hbr.org/2019/11/making-work-less-stressful-and-more-engaging-for-your-employees

Rathnayake, U., & Karunasena, G. (2016). A Review of strategies to improve workplace safety through ethical climates. The 5th World Construction Symposium. Shrilanka: Greening Environment, Eco Innovations & Entrepreneurship.

Sorensen, G., Peters, S., Nielsen, K., Nagler, E., Karapanos, M., & Wallace, L. (2019). Improving Working Conditions to Promote Worker Safety, Health, and Wellbeing for Low-Wage Workers: The Workplace Organizational Health Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health., 16(8). Retrieved 2020

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