A common barrier of the ‘one team’ approach is when one group of people has limited understanding of what another group is responsible for or the challenges a different group might face.
Our approach to overcome this challenge is to encourage inter-team communication by raising awareness of the roles of other teams and the pressures they face. This helps foster inter-group relations, develops understanding and improves team spirit.
During a recent team building activity we offered a site visit to office based staff so they could see for themselves what actually takes place. The visit took place later in the evening and all the volunteers gave up their time freely to participate.
The group of nine met at 8pm at the Normanton office where they were issued with site standard personal protective equipment. They were given a site induction as well as a start of shift briefing and this was all before they left the car park.
Three marked vehicles took the group to the site on the M62 Junction 33-32a westbound where they were met by Site Supervisor Wayne Portman. Wayne explained how the site operates and the challenges that his team experience. He also told the group that the site was a planned full closure this particular night for resurfacing which was the safest option for site visitors. Full closures mean that more work can be carried out in a short space of time allowing the works to be completed sooner and the long term disruption kept to a minimum.
A-one+ Site Agent David Ellis coordinated the visit and asked the group what they wanted to get out of the visit. Mostly the group just wanted to see how a scheme was delivered in practice after the design stage.
The visit saw a 610 tonnes of resurfacing and renewal of road markings and studs.
David also introduced the group to site sub-contractors where each foreman gave a brief introduction. They also had demonstrations from some sub-contractors, including;
- a planing machine
- resurfacing machine
- materials testing for the surface mixture
- and road studs
The group asked questions throughout the visit and feedback has been positive.
“The whole thing from beginning to end was very informative, all the different procedures were explained as they were being carried out. There are certainly aspects of the operation that will help me with my daily tasks working as a claims handler in damage to crown property team.” Joyce Spence
Thanks to Paul Swann, David Ellis, Phil Wagstaff and Wayne Portman from the scheme delivery team for sharing what they do.
Coming up we have some learning sessions planned where we will have a 15 minute presentation followed by open discussion for a number of departments; technology, commercial management, environmental management, integrated design team and regional technology maintenance contract (RTMC). We also have another site visit looking at a beam lift on the M180 where colleagues will be able to witness a construction activity using a Liebherr 500 tonne crane which isn’t used very often in the highway maintenance industry.
Look out for more updates on our team building soon.