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What are Self-Directed Work Teams

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January 24, 2022

Group of people in self directed work teams.

Could Your Company Benefit from Them?

Managed work teams are the norm. However, the concept of In this article, Self-Directed Work Teams (SDWT) is not new. SDWT dates as far back as the early 1960s. Take the Harvard Business School Study, for example. Harvard found SDWT became more mainstream because of the fast-food chain, Taco Bell. Since the 90s, many companies such as 3M and Federal Express have successfully implemented the concept.

What is a Self-Directed Work Team?

Self-Directed Work Teams are groups of employees with different skills and talents. Groups work towards a common goal without traditional manager supervision. The team submits their project to management for approval once a task is complete. 

What are the advantages?

What are the disadvantages?

How can you get started with SDWTs?

  1. Train your management team

Firstly, managers need to understand how to empower teams. By giving managers the training they need, managers will be able to help in properly implementing the SDWT model.

  1. Prepare your staff

Secondly, train team members to understand their responsibilities.  Employees that know what they need to do are more productive. 

  1. Teams need the appropriate communication tools

Thirdly find the best communication app for your business. We suggest using conferencing apps, or virtual whiteboards. Whichever form of communication you agree upon, communication between teams is vital to success. 

  1. Bring a consulting service in

Last but not least, know when to get help. If your company is new to SDWTs, hire a consultant to help with implementation. In other words, SDWT consultants explore common issues that face teams.

Examples of SDWTs

There are several variations of self-directed teams. However, some models may not work for your company.

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