Riordan Manufacturing has hired a new group of team superintendents to lead and begin production of the newly designed Cardiac Care Valve heart valves at the organization’s Pontiac, MI, location. The organization’s team superintendents have created a Team Strategy Plan that will identify the various strategies available to build teams, the challenges or barriers that may occur, how the best strategy is to be determined, and the measures that will be used to monitor whether the team is operating successfully or not. Creating teams is much more than just randomly picking individuals to work together. Creating teams requires much thought and analyzes. The superintendents must be able to identify individual employee characteristics and determine how well they would work with others in accomplishing particular tasks. Riordan Manufacturing believes that using such a tool it vital to its continued success not only in its operations department but throughout all organization departments and functions.
Team Strategy Plan
It is important for Riordan Manufacturing to understand the difference of a work team versus a work group when forming teams. A work group is the summation of each individual’s efforts and contributions; where a work team is positive synergy that creates a higher level of performance. Employees in a work team will work hand in hand instead of individually. As Goodwill (2011) suggests in his article, “To create a team-building culture, you first have to consider the individual employee, then look at the leader and, after that, assess the team - all the while aiming to create a culture that promotes engagement.” At Riordan Manufacturing the goal will be to create work teams (not work groups) in an effort to remain competitive and innovative in its industry by using its employees’ talents. Below are some of the strategies used in creating teams.
Team Strategy Plan
The following table addresses the creation of teams at...