Raised on Employee Involvement and Work Teams
Work teams are at the heart of what we do here at Great Systems. I was raised on employee involvement, you might say. It was becoming a popular business improvement strategy when I entered the work world in 1981. During the next 15 years, participative management came to flourish in multiple forms, such as quality circles and self-directed work teams. Many organizations taught work team facilitation skills to their leaders, and group dynamics skills to all staff, in the 1990s.
I learned tons during this time, and I was able to set up and experiment with different team infrastructures. I was also fortunate to serve as a national leader for the Association for Quality and Participation during much of this time. This involvement connected me even more closely with best practice team-based process improvement strategies. All organizations need effective work teams to drive process excellence, improve through innovative projects, and support highly engaged, collaborative strategic support.
Team-Based Process Improvement Strategies
‘How to Increase Work Team Engagement’ Real Life Work podcast When I first entered the world of work more than 40 years ago, employee involvement was the rage. Now, organizations realize that both effective individual and work team engagement are critical to achieve true, sustainable operational excellence levels. Unfortunately, many don’t know how to increase work team engagement. Here are some engagement ideas that work for me.
What is a Work Team? What work team characteristics do the different types of process, project, and focus work teams possess in a high-performance workplace? Multiple work team characteristics help define these three common types of teams. This page summarizes the most common characteristics one might find.
How to Measure and Improve Employee Ownership People often ask me how to measure employee ownership in a company. Why is it important to have high levels of employee ownership? Without ownership, people have little to do more than show up and do what they are told. With ownership, people do more than do their job ‘right’ each day. They also serve as advocates for the organization’s products and services.
Do You Know How to Reduce Meeting Waste? Do your leaders know how to reduce meeting waste? Most say that too many meetings occur in the workplace each day. Plus, I think that a large percentage of these meetings are much less effective than they could be. My customers consistently feel the same way. This post’s content helps you solve that problem.
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