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Identifying the safety-related competencies of effective supervisors [online] : review of the literature

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Internet only - free access
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21 p.
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Adelaide, S. Aust.: University of South Australia
Year:
2011
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Electronic resource
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Abstract:
The workplace supervisor has an important role in determining organizational safety
performance. Supervisors are required to manage the activities of their work team so that
high levels of productivity are maintained, while ensuring that the team carries out their
work safely. The report reviews the literature on non-technical skills required for effective
supervision. This review highlighted a number of non-technical supervisor skills that are
associated with good safety performance. These skills are: supportive and reinforcing
leadership behaviours, assertiveness, awareness, flexibility of thinking, dynamic decision
making and experience. These supervisory behaviours are particularly effective when
supervisors are granted autonomy in their decisions, and the safety culture of the workplace
facilitates open reporting and discussion.
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