Organisations invest considerable time and effort to observe and learn about how work is being undertaken, in order to improve safe work outcomes. This combined effort, involving leaders, workers, Health and Safety practitioners, other functional specialists and administrative support can be broadly described as Work Interactions. The collective noun Work Interaction is intentionally used to capture a range of practices that aim to promote engagement, learning and behavioural and organisational change.
This webinar covers the latest research into the broad area of Work Interactions and the insights gained from twelve Australian and overseas WHS practitioners who are actively seeking to enhance Works Interactions and share their experiences. The conversation then moves to how the learning and benefits gained by both those who initiate and participate can be enhanced, as well as an invitation to participate in the ongoing collaborative research work.
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About Marc McLaren
A conversation that still rings in my mind is one with a person who was busily pre-filling a number of hazard inspections for the day during a pre-start meeting. He proudly described how he knew exactly what to look for and more importantly what his supervisor who collected the forms expected to see. It seemed what was once intended as a good risk management practice had now become a pointless tick and flick exercise.
It started me thinking about how we can shift the focus to enabling people to take responsibility for their work environments, rather than meeting bureaucratic accountability.
Marc began his career working with not for profits and large private and public sector organisations facilitating performance improvements, focusing on strategy, people engagement and enabling leaders. Creativity and different thinking have been at the heart of building more effective leaders and teams. Marc has founded and led several successful ventures, including an incubator for small business start-ups, large national workplace psychology and organisational practice and a thriving Workplace Health and Safety consulting for high risk and complex organisations. Along the way Marc has completed a Bachelor of Social Studies, covering psychology, sociology and political science, a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety and is currently undertaking research into organisational decision making and performance. Marc is recognised as a highly-skilled safety and work practitioner, facilitator, and is the Chief Enabler at Art of Work.
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