Team Member I
Today companies everywhere are trying to introduce high performance work teams into their operations. It has become clear over the last several years that these teams are an important foundation for improved performance and competitiveness. Why? The reason is simple: High performance organizations empower their people to use not only their hands, but also their minds, talents and collective expertise to make the organization more successful. While it is easy to understand that a company gains a great deal by encouraging people to participate in decisions, solve problems and share improvement ideas and knowledge, many work design practices of the past have actually discouraged these approaches. In fact, in some organizations the barriers to creating a fully empowered workforce are enormous.