A High-Performance Work System

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1.0 Introduction

A High-Performance Work System (HPWS) is the right combination of people, technology, and organizational structure that makes full use of the organization’s resources and opportunities in achieving its goal. There are four powerful principles:

a) Shared information

b) Knowledge development

c) Performance – reward linkage

d) Egalitarianism

These principles must work together in a smoothly functioning whole. A HPWS achieves the organization’s goals, typically including growth, productivity and mainly in achieving high profits. In achieving these overall goals, the HPWS meets such intermediate goals as high quality, innovation, customer satisfaction, job satisfaction,
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Here are few advantages of shared information:-

a) To reduce accidents in the workplace.

b) The employees are able to share the problem with your supervisor to reduce the burden of workers.

c) Organization held a work-related safety programs to share information with employees can increase the level of employee safety.

d) Creating a culture of information sharing where employees are more willing (and able) to work toward the goals for the organization.

Just as information sharing across organizational levels is critical for high performance in general, Zacharatos, Barling, & Iverson (2005) argue that it is equally critical for optimal safety performance. It would not be possible to work safely without full information about all aspects of one’s job, and several studies support the role of information sharing in occupational safety. Organizations with better safety programs and safety records were characterized by more open discussion between management and employees.

Similarly, when employees felt comfortable discussing safety-related issues with their supervisors, they will be more committed to follow the safety procedures and practices, which resulted in the lower occurrence of workplace injuries. There are also secondary benefits of information sharing for occupational safety. Where managers do share information, employees will have greater trust in management.
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