Is the leadership in your organisation, or business built on rock or sand?
How have you made this decision?How many hours a day do you spend as a leader on strategic tasks compared to ‘putting out fires’?Do you find yourself trouble shooting problems, which you feel could be addressed by other members of your senior leadership or middle leadership teams? If you were to compete a time audit for a week, how many hours are you and your leadership team spending on the following?
1.1 The organisation has assessed its needs and priorities around health and work and developed an action plan;
1.2 Your management can demonstrate the process for ongoing consultation and communication with employees on relevant workplace health issues;
1.3 Senior management encourages a consistent and positive approach to employee well-being throughout the organisation;
1.4 The organisation is aware of its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and other equality legislation is known and adhered to; and
1.5 There is an effective policy/ process in place for communication with staff.
(Source: London Healthy Workplace Charter – Corporate Support, Commitment Level)Below is the Basic Typical Management Structure of an organisation
Level 1 – Board of Directors
Level 2 – CEO
Level 3 – Senior Leadership Team
Level 4 – Middle Leadership Team
Level 5 – Departments If you were to carry out an audit for each level, would you say that it is built on rock or sand?
In other words, when members of the team face challenges, do they have the skills needed to withstand the challenges? Do they know the procedures and practices that they must follow? Do they know who they need to communicate with, to share the actions that they have taken? Do they know how to communicate the actions that they have taken?
If the top levels are built on rock, but the lower levels are built on sand, what impact would this have on your organisation?What can you do to address this issue, if it is a problem?
Using the guidelines from the Healthy Workplace Charter, for the area of corporate support, senior leaders should ensure that leaders at the lower levels have put in place the following, in accordance to specific policies and practices within the organisation. These are the five ways to build a leadership team on rock and not sand.
What will be the Benefit of Putting These Practices in Place?
- Assess the needs of your team to include priorities around health and work and develop an appropriate action plan;
- Have a process for ongoing consultation and communication with members of your team on relevant workplace health issues;
- Encourage a consistent and positive approach to employee well-being throughout your team;
- Be aware of your responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and other equality legislation is known and adhered to; and
- Have an effective policy/ process in place for communication with staff in your team and other members of your organisation.
- Increased time to complete more strategic tasks;
- Better work-life balance;
- Increased productivity; and
- Happy healthier work environment.
If you are a visionary leader of your organisation, that wants to know more about how you can use these strategies, to build your leadership team on rock and not sand, please send me a message and we can discuss the issues raised further.