Strategies for Building a Self-Sufficient Team Operations, Strategic Management
A self-sufficient and reliable workforce can immensely empower the business it is working for. This team functions perfectly well without the need for extraordinary supervision and delivers results without being constantly reminded if their importance.
Would you like your staff and employee teams become self-sufficient too?
If the answer is yes, your first line of order should be to reconsider your organizational and team’s performance objectives. Then make sure that your team has all the tools and resources to achieve the goals assigned to them. When this part is done, consider doing as follows to create self-sufficient teams:
Regularly Communicate With Your Team Members
Regular team meetings can help all parties ensure that common goals are being pursued, and also help clarify the plans needed to carry out operations properly. This direct communication is vital for creating an autonomous workforce that gets the job done. This unhindered communication also offers guidance and leadership to any or all team members, as per their needs.
All team members and relevant personnel must be present at the meeting. Treat everyone present as a member of the team and value their input instead of considering them mere employees. This will help them become more personal with the tasks at hand and take better responsibility.
Train Team Members to Be Responsible
Training sessions are just as valuable for employees at meetings. Establish training as a regular business practice, and help your employees learn how to be more responsible towards their tasks, both personal and professional.
A self-sufficient group or department gets everything done within time. And more importantly they know that the secret to being productive is being extremely selective with their time. Make sure all the team members understand their roles and adapt well to them.
Develop Feasible Systems
This includes giving all team members a well-established and understood structure to work within. When they have clear goals, resources to achieve these goals, and clear guidance on its accomplishments, there is no reason why they won’t get up and take the initiative to achieve these goals without further guidance. And remember that the workable plan isn’t set in stone. Allow the team to work around the plan, and develop a version that suits them well.
Delegation is a valuable tool that is often misused or misunderstood. When delegating make sure you instruct the team what the goals are and what if any restrictions there are before letting them go forward. Then the most important part for you is to let them run with it. Certainly you will want to monitor their progress but don’t step in unless they have completely gone off course.
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