As in the past, a company’s corporate culture is a major contributing factor in its success. Years ago, it was a culture informed by command-and-control management that made for a successful enterprise. Now, this outdated approach has been replaced by connect-and-collaborate practices. Pioneering entrepreneurs now believe that designing their companies around the hot trend of flexible teamwork is closely tied to the organization’s long-term success.
The basic philosophy is that contented workers are productive. So, now business enterprises are implementing systems that foster cooperation and friendliness to achieve higher output and originality.
Flexible hours and relaxed dress codes are just the start; companies at the extreme leading edge now provide space for employees to take short power naps in the middle of work shifts.
The foundation for flexible teamwork is building the right team. And this is an advantage that small businesses have over larger enterprises; all employees are exposed to, and may work with, everyone in the entire organization.
Larger firms must impose a structure, creating teams of people from different disciplines who work together.
Teams establish rules
Under flexible teamwork, members decide on the group’s rules. Team members collaborate on everything from arranging their break schedule to keeping the joint coffeemaker clean.
The only things handled by “outside” upper management are defining the company’s business objectives and clarifying the roles of individuals within the group.
Senior managers stay out of other issues and simply ensure a flexible and collaborative work environment for the team members.