Original Date: 04/26/2004
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Team Responsibilities
United Defense, L.P. Armament Systems Division Aberdeen implemented a number of autonomous teams within its manufacturing environment. These teams, unique to Aberdeen, are predicated on the basis that greater involvement equals greater commitment. A strong sense of identity has been formed that equates success of the individual with that of the team and the Company.
United Defense, L.P. Armament Systems Division (UDLP ASD) Aberdeen implemented an innovative process to establish autonomous teams within its manufacturing environment to exercise increased and self-directed involvement. Employees are assigned to one of a variety of functional teams (e.g., welding, finishing, painting, cabling). During their time on that team, employees will rotate through a number of varied role responsibilities (e.g., parts, supplies, quality, leader). As a result of the training and experience in these varied roles, each employee is challenged to grow, both technically and personally, while making positive contributions to the plant's manufacturing objectives. Employees become increasingly aware of their own potential to influence the safety, quality, schedule, and cost of UDLP ASD Aberdeen's manufacturing environment. UDLP ASD Aberdeen recognizes that employees possess a considerable range of skills and abilities, and the facility has removed one supervisory level to challenge and harness its employees' potential.
While traditional management identifies "what" results are expected, it remains the responsibility of the teams to determine the "how" mechanisms to achieve those results. Considerable emphasis is given to providing open, honest feedback to other team members to help them continuously improve their performance. This includes mentoring employees on their communication abilities. As a result of enlarging the traditional workforce responsibility and authority, improvements have been achieved in morale, turnover, and performance, and employees have taken a similar approach to more active roles outside the Company as citizens within their local communities.
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