Designing and Implementing Natural Work Teams

The effective functioning of Natural Work Teams is one of the strategies organizations are employing to achieve positive effects on productivity, quality and cycle time. This shift in strategy creates a challenge for organization members. This one-day workshop uses a realistic work simulation to assist the participants' organizations in creating effective functioning teams.

Course Benefits:

Program participants will gain:

  • An understanding of how Natural Work Teams lead to higher performance
  • Knowledge of best practices in the design of team-based work systems
  • Knowledge of key issues involved in implementing Natural Work Teams

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Understand how Natural Work Teams are being used as an organizational strategy
  • Approach teams from a "systems" point of view
  • Assess team process
  • Understand what it takes to design Natural Work Teams

Course Content:

  • Setting the stage -- why today's organizations need teams
  • Fundamentals of team design
  • Job design in natural work teams
  • Team leadership
  • Preparing for the transition: organizational analysis
  • System changes
  • Implementation

Who Should Attend:

  • Management and union officials responsible for overseeing the transition to a team based work system
  • Labor and salaried leaders responsible for facilitating teams in a team-based work systems