Meaningful work is one of the key components of well-being in the workplace, and therefore contributes to a safer working environment.
But finding meaning in your work is not simply about ‘knowing your stuff’. it's about having energy and enthusiasm for what you do, and communicating that energy and enthusiasm to others. If you are not excited in some way by your work, if it isn’t meaningful to you, no one else will be inspired. Finding work meaningful contributes to well-being, and well-being reduces error traps - helping others to find meaning is part of the role of leadership, at whatever level you are in an organisation.
But meaning here does not just apply to you finding meaning. Communicating the reasons for a course of action is an important part of getting buy in and generating motivation. Being clear about WHY something needs to be done not just WHAT needs to be done helps build accountability and buy-in from followers. It also challenges complacency and ‘mindless’ working . After all, if you cannot give a reasoned explanation about why you are asking someone to do something, it raises a legitimate question of whether it's worth doing at all!
In the first of the webinar series, we'll explore the principle of meaning at work and meaning-full work, and the relationship with well-being. We'll also offer a useful way of helping both yourself and others find meaning at work. To book your place, please go to An Introduction to The D2iT Trust-based Safety Culture Model
Interdependency is the safety culture associated with the fewest accidents and injuries and is therefore the safest way of working - (ref research Du Pont Bradley Curve).Trust is the key interpersonal component of Interdependency - (ref Beehive/Bangor University research).
Trust is an attitude. To increase trust and therefore interdependency it is necessary to demonstrate you are worthy of trust by displaying trustworthy behaviours - (ref Beehive/Bangor research &Trustworthiness Elements)
If you demonstrate trustworthiness through the five principles, others are invited to reciprocate and therefore trust and interdependency builds. The five Principles are:
The D2iP b.SAFE Safety Leadership Programme is designed to introduce the five principles of trustworthy behaviour and trustworthy leadership within the organisation.