How to Tell if Your Team is Ready for a Self-Management Approach

  • DeakinCo.
  • 3 December 2019

Want to increase productivity, build your team’s confidence and even save on overheads in the workplace? Creating a self-managed team is one of the many ways in which you can achieve these goals. But how do you know if your team is ready to move into self-management? Here, we’ve put together eight signs that’ll tell you your team is ready to be a self-managed team.

What is a self-managed team?

When it comes to business, a self-managed team is a self-organised, semi-autonomous group of employees. They can also be called a self-directed team or a self-managed natural work team. A manager sets the overall direction of a project or task and provides the tools and training, and then the members of the team determine, plan, and manage their daily activities and duties under reduced or no supervision. The manager generally only makes contact with the team when they have meetings for project updates, issues and resource requests, allowing them to focus on growing the business and boosting profits.

A self-managed team is responsible and accountable for all or most aspects of making a product and/or delivering a service. They carry out supporting tasks (eg plan and schedule workflow, manage annual leave and absence, handle issues among colleagues, train and hire new workers), as well as technical tasks. These tasks are usually rotated among the team members, increasing productivity and saving on hiring costs.

A self-managed team is more likely to be successful if the group is small, cross trained, and has various different job skills.

Signals that your team is ready to be a self-managed team

1. They’re self-driven

Each team member can motivate themselves to start, focus on, and complete tasks quickly and accurately even if they’re difficult, boring, or repetitive. They may also ask to complete special projects or tasks and bring their own ideas to the table, or even request work that’ll help them make improvements in their job.

2. They trust each other

The team members trust each other, allowing for transparency, honesty, and humility. They’re able to share stories and opinions, as well as have hard conversations that can help them solve problems and help each other grow and be better. Each member can also admit failure, own up to mistakes, and ask for guidance. What’s more, team members are trusted to accomplish their own tasks, allowing for autonomy and increasing productivity.

3. Employee-driven decisions are the norm

Each individual in the team has the confidence to make decisions on their own, even if it’s a tough one. They prioritise their work based on the company’s priorities and choose to do things that bring the most value. They’ll use tools like a project management software to help them look at the big picture and then focus on completing ‘must do’ items in order to achieve their goals.

4. They have high self-awareness

Each team member is highly self-aware. In other words, they can evaluate how their values, passions, and aspirations fit with their work environment and reactions (thoughts, feelings, behaviours, strengths, weaknesses), and how to align them better. They can also understand how other people view them, helping them to build stronger relationships with their colleagues. As a result, they’re happier and more productive.

5. They have strong communication

All team members are good at interpersonal communication. They can ask for peer and leadership input, the resources and tools they need to get the job done, and feedback on their work.

6. They’re goal setters

Every person has the ability to set and execute goals. They can see the potential outcome of a project or task and have the passion and drive to see it through. In other words, they can identify what’s important and are able to deliver the required product or service with minimal oversight.

7. They manage their time well

The team has good time management skills. They plan what they’re going to do each day and focus on the ‘most important’ tasks first before doing the ‘least important’ tasks. They also avoid checking their emails constantly or making personal phone calls and texts during their most productive time of the day in order to get their work done.

8. They have learning agility

Each individual likes to learn new things and will seek to improve their own knowledge where it’s lacking. For example, if the team does marketing wraps on vehicles or installs new heat-pump systems, they’ll seek out experts on social media or watch online training videos to learn and master the service or task at hand.

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If your team clearly shows that they’re ready for a self-management approach, it’s time for you to start building a self-managed team. A self-managed team can help your business grow and succeed.

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A team of individuals with strong skills and credentials is essential for ensuring they’ll be successful as a self-managed team.