Deloitte reports that 80 percent of respondents to their global survey have either recently redesigned their structure or planned to in the near future. Why? Today’s disruptive business environment is changing too fast for traditional organizational structures to respond effectively. Instead, organizations must create agile, networked, rapid-response teams that bring the best talent to bear on business issues as they emerge.
If your organization is moving toward a team-based structure, these five steps that will help smooth the transition:
Example: Your customer-focused team may include parties from marketing, manufacturing, and shipping and receiving. It’s possible that none have worked closely together before.
Example: Does your business lend itself to a team approach? Do the demographics support a team approach? For example, a younger workforce may be more receptive to team-based problem solving than a more senior workforce.
Tip: Determining what tools to implement depends on what your organization wants to accomplish. Meet with team leaders to get a deeper understanding of their needs before deciding which tools are best.
Tip: Recognizing and rewarding individual top performers has been shown to have a positive spillover effect on the performance of the whole team.
Tip: Team leaders need to be aware of collaborative overload. The same HBR study cited above found that when collaborators had more than 25 people tapping in with requests their work suffered.
After your company has made the transition, how can you keep your new organizational design going? By paying attention to the basics that work in all organizational structures: A vibrant culture; a highly engaged workforce; and ample opportunities for professional growth.
Do you want to learn more about creating programs that effectively support your teams? A Marketing Innovators Solutions expert can help you find the best program for your organizational goals.