If a problem arises during the course of a project, the team members work together to provide a solution. The team members work together, allowing each one to focus on his own responsibilities and to trust the other members to deliver on their responsibilities.
At MANUFAC, the Plant Manager, who had spent both a year educating himself in the concept of teams, and months working to get the company owners and production employees interested in this concept, spearheaded the effort. First, those closest to the work know best how to perform Self directed work teams improve their jobs.
Finally, the autonomy teams enjoy provides opportunities for empowerment that individual employees usually do not have. When team members are unable to depend on the other members, the success of the team erodes.
Studies have shown that self-directed teams are more effective than Quality Circles and Total Quality Management in generating high performance from employees. Employees are willing to give up aspects of their traditional individual jobs for a more demanding role as a team member. Federal Express is an example of a company that use self-directed work teams.
SDWT members must decide how they want to work together. Self-directed teams require several characteristics to succeed.
Willingness to take risks Leadership is willing to risk a difficult and potentially costly change that will radically change their organization.
Over the course of several months, and with good intentions, MANUFAC, switched from traditional production departments into separate product-oriented teams with each team made responsible for production functions for different product categories.
Often they just stood by as the teams floundered. Top-level commitment There is a champion at or near the top of the organization who is totally committed to self-directed teams and will protect, support and fight for the success of the effort.
Quinn Millssuggests that four conditions need to exist before a company can consider moving towards self-directed teams: Each member takes action to move the project forward and the team tracks its progress toward the ultimate goal.
Enough time and resources Leadership is willing to take the time often years and provide the resources in the form of training, materials, equipment, technology, etc. Also, trust became an issue. Some teams create a charter or set of rules that describe what is expected of each member.
The company needs to provide the team with the authority to move ahead with the plan without seeking additional approval. For the teams to have a proper incentive, a new system was required that would appraise and reward group performance in addition to individual players.
Reinforcing Team Self-Direction Even if the above four conditions are met, five other requirements need to be addressed while implementing self-directed teams: The team members do not need to worry about others completing their work.
But, in the end, the team is held accountable for the success or failure of a project.
Harvy Simkovits, CMC, President of Business Wisdom, works with owner managed companies to help them grow, prosper and continue on by offering innovative approaches to business development, company management, organization leadership and learning, and management education.Self-directed work teams consist of employees from various departments who collaborate on a specific project.
These employees bring their expertise to the group to develop a product, design a process or initiate a product launch. Not everyone within the team or within management believed that the self-directed team concept would work. Some team members, including the old supervisors, actually undermined the team's work in the hope that the company's owners would revert to the previous hierarchical structure.
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these is a self-directed work team (SDWT)–a team made up of employees who bring their different skills and talents to work together, without typical managerial supervision, toward a common purpose or goal. Self-directed work teams are enjoying a surge of popularity these days in a variety of corporate and industrial settings.
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