This report explores the potential of self-managed work teams. A self managed work team has been describe as “formal groups in which the group members are interdependent and can have the authority to regulate the team’s activities”(Desimone, R. Wermer, J. Harris, D. 2002, p 591)
In today’s modern workplaces we are beginning to see more self-managed work teams develop. However, it is important to always recognize that such a system will not work in every organization. This is due to the fact that “most self managed teams are designed to meet an organization’s specific needs”. (Desimone, R. Wermer, J. Harris, D. 2002, p 591)
Self-managed team programs benefit the organisation in many different ways they can “produce greater satisfaction, reduced costs, faster and better decision making, improved pricing, and increased market share”. (Elmuti, D. 1998. p179) The benefits also can affect important business issues such as “reduced costs, reduced workforce, increased productivity, getting closer to customers, fewer layers of managerial bureaucracy, shorter time to market for products and services, increased employee motivation and commitment, and increased recognition of individual employees contr
It is in reality rare that this situation would work. There is no investment is required for additional capital equipment or complex systems to develop an effective self-managed team program. 1990 p79)-"Increased employee commitment to the organization. Although, in theory, a team of people with equal say in the direction of the team sounds like an excellent, democratic way to manage a team and develop employee"tms. 1990 p79)"Ability to attract and retain the best people. 1999, ref 7308) Northern Telecom Northern Telecom"tms repair facility in Morrisville North Carolina, "revenue increased by 63, sales by 26, and earnings by 46" (Desimone, R. p147) In the majority of cases self-managed teams implemented into an organisation, in this way, generally fail. An evaluation system needs to be developed that reflects the objectives of the team and that rewards team members for participation. However, I think that there are some vital steps that need to be taken, otherwise there is a very real possibility of failure. However, because the team doesn't have any more control than before the change of management e. Team members must be committed to helping the team to meet its requirements and to reach its goals. Their role is focused more on the co-ordination and facilitation of the team.