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We Can Do That! (The Payoff When Collaboration Becomes the Priority)

Mar 14 2017


We often hear the joke about council workers ‘leaning on their shovels’.


You could not get further from the truth with an inner suburban Council’s Works Depot team.


Nearly 10 years ago I received a call from their manager who wanted to take action to improve the collaboration of his crew of around 30. The team regularly partners with Bridgeworks to build this ‘working together’ attitude.


It’s amazing what happens when you invite the ‘brains from out of the car park’ and into the workplace.


Their commitment to learning, including getting along with others and building trust amongst their team has led to stellar results including:


  • Saving council over $1,000,000 in the first 15 months alone by making and installing signs in-house.
  • Saving over $200 per tonne treating drainage waste in-house at their own purpose built facility.
  • Scoring a perfect 100% twice in their CMP road management plan audits, thus reducing council’s insurance premiums… to name a few wins

All these ideas generated by team members (not leaning on their shovels!)


This caught the eye of their new CEO who was invited to attend the morning session:


“The depot is really leading the way in this as a department, and you and your coordinators deserve to be commended for the culture you inspire in your team.

Well done to you all – it was a delightful, inspiring, thoughtful and fun morning – thank you for inviting me!”