|How to Succeed with Self-directed Work Teams
|| Managing Teams
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|| Self-directed teams
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A self-directed team can take the place of supervisors and fulfill many management functions. Many attempts to use self-directed teams, however, fail because the teams don't have the experience or skills to succeed. Following these guidelines can increase the success of self-directed teams.
- Have a well thought-out vision of how these teams will fit into the scheme of the entire organization.
- The entire organization must be prepared to change the culture to support the teams.
- The organization must have the resources necessary to commit to this type of change in time, money and people.
- Training is an extremely significant part of developing the teams.
- After the training takes place, it will take time for the teams to get used to one another and develop their new-found skills.
- Performance expectations of the teams must be developed so they will know what is expected of them.
- A feedback method must be developed so they can see what they are doing and make corrections where necessary.
- Boundaries must be set in which the teams will operate.
- Do not develop the thinking that self-directed work teams are "leaderless" or never need management intervention.
What is a self-directed team?
Why is training important with self-directed teams?
|| "How to Succeed with Self-directed Work Teams," Supervision, Feb. 2002, p. 25.
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