Roles And Responsibilities In An SMS World
NOTE: This post is from one of our frequent contributors to this blog, "Birdseye59604.
Roles are often associated with movies. A role where the sheriff is a newcomer to town and becomes a hero with overwhelming local support, the deputy is friends with all, the law-breaking are robbing banks and everyone else are law-abiding bystanders. These are all roles that are played to impress an audience.
In an SMS world everyone has a role to play to make the system effective, attractive, sustainable and supported by the public. A specific role in SMS is often associated with a specific SMS responsibility. A CEO of a corporation, or an small-business owner, may have identical responsibilities in other similar structured organizations.
|Being unsure of the role is ineffective performance|
An SMS-world could have an objective of:
Roles and responsibilities of personnel assigned duties under the safety management system. This objective identifies who, or what positions, are assigned these roles and associated responsibilities. An objective is accomplished by successfully completing tasks towards multiple goals.
"An objective is accomplished by successfully completing tasks towards multiple goals."
Several goals, or task-oriented activities, to reach attain the objective cold be:
Document roles and responsibilities; demonstrate control over available resources; person managing safety fulfills required job functions; safety authorities and accountability are communicated; and that personnel understand their authorities and accountability in regards to all decision and actions.
A dress code defines a role and acceptable performance level.
When people are asked what they are, many respond with what their profession is. This could be an accountant, a pilot, a doctor, a construction worker, a teacher or any other description of the job they do. The response is a description of what role they play at work. In day today living multiple roles may be taken on and played for an audience.
With roles, responsibilities, objectives and goals, an organization has established a foundation to build an SMS world where each member is a role-player. These roles in an SMS world are played as any other roles that are taken on, and must be performed to acceptable standards for desired results.
Roles are not only found in the movies, but in everyday activities. It is not only the role-performance of a single sheriff, or manager that determines financial success, but the role-performance of all players.