self-managed team

Self-managed teams, also known as self-directed, self-regulating, or high performance work teams, are work designs consisting of members performing interrelated tasks. Self-managed teams typically are responsible for a complete product or service, or a major part of larger production process. They control member’s task behaviours and make decisions about task assignments and work methods. In many cases the team sets its own production goals within broader organizational limits and may be responsible for support services, such as maintenance, purchasing, and quality control. Team members are expected to learn many if not all the jobs within the team’s control and frequently add on knowledge and skills rather than seniority. When pay is performance based, team, rather than individual performance, is the standard. Self-managed work teams are being implemented at a rapid pace across a range of industries and organizations.

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