Magazine article Workforce

How Do You Know If Your Work Teams Work?

Magazine article Workforce

How Do You Know If Your Work Teams Work?

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The May issue of WORKFORCE featured an article by contributing editor Gillian Flynn on GE Fanuc Automation North America Inc., Optimas Award winner in the Partnership category. Much of GE Fanuc's success has been due to its Highly Involved Work Force process, a process that earned GE Fanuc recognition from President Clinton as a best-practices company for his Workforce 2000 initiative.

Your company may be organized into work teams. But how do you know they aren't just management-driven, but are truly worker-guided? How do you know they really work? Donald Borwhat Jr., senior vice president of HR and public relations for GE Fanuc, offers an idea of what a successful high involvement workforce looks like.

How do you know you have a highly involved workforce?

Your people feel and act empowered They do what they feel is right They aren't afraid to take risks They work as a team with few individual heroes They look everywhere for answers-not just up They don't wait to be told

They ask for help-and are part of the solution They look to themselves for answers rather than complaining

Your pool of high performers doubles or triples Your people have the self-confidence to question your decisions. …

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