Work groups are the most essential habitat of organisational effectiveness. Great groups are great places to be, doing great work. The Great Groups Intervention will help you to establish and sustain a productive, stable yet agile, happy and healthy work group.
Productive Groups© exists to create and share interventions that help work groups to be effective in a healthy way.
Do your work groups experience any of these challenges?
- Our work group is new and has not established an effective way of working together yet.
- Our work group is experiencing high levels of staff turn-over and is struggling to continue effectively delivering its service/product.
- Our work group does not have a shared understanding of its purpose.
- Our work group has people issues: high absenteeism, low levels of engagement etc.
- Our work group is suffering from change fatigue.
CEOs know that work groups are the most essential habitat of organisational effectiveness. Groups are not teams – they are not focused on a specific time-bound task but rather on consistently delivering a product or service; they are characterised by relative interdependence of roles and functions rather than the high degree of member (inter)dependence found in groups; and their membership structure is more related to role/function than to individual persons, therefore can sustain higher member turnover.
Great groups are great places to be, doing great work. They are productive – continuously improving in delivering their product or service; they are stable yet agile – they are structurally coherent, and can tolerate personnel turnover and other environmental impacts; and they are happy – great places to work, with high levels of engagement, resilience and resourcefulness.
The Great Groups Foundational Intervention will help you to establish and sustain a productive, stable yet agile, happy and healthy work group. This two-day workshop engages the group to explore the group’s purpose and mandate, the group’s structures and processes, its enabling technologies, the roles and responsibilities that make it effective, and its optimal operating requirements.
At the end of the workshop, the group will have a shared understanding and commitment to the various elements that make it effective in a healthy way. It will have explored possibilities and considered its own best or great practice. Additionally, it will have created an action plan with development priorities and milestones to improve those aspects that need to be established over time.
The Work Groups portfolio offers additional group interventions dealing with, amongst others, group dynamics, values alignment, effective on-boarding and group health assessments.