Ensuring effective workflows and team structures

Many businesses organise work in to jobs and teams the way they always have done.

David Cawthorne has a successful track record of helping companies to review how work is planned and organised. Typically, he has delivered productivity increases of 10-20%.

In helping companies, David applies the following principles:

  • The maximum number of people should be employed on direct activities ie producing and selling products and services
  • The minimum number of people should be employed on indirect activities
  • The organisation should have the minimum number of layers in order to facilitate accountability, communication and decision-making
  • Management should only exist where there is a need to co-ordinate activities
  • Wherever possible teams should be structured around business processes

The start point is often to understand how staff currently spend their time. Using simple spreadsheet models, it is possible to work out levels of productivity at an individual, team or organisation level.


Without professional support employers often spend a lot of management time and still fail to achieve a successful outcome.

E-mail david@cedargbltd.co.uk to discuss how David can help you with his substantial knowledge and experience.

Case Study

Introducing efficient team structures in a manufacturing company

Employing 40 staff, our client was a second tier supplier to the car industry, operating continuous shift patterns in a unionised environment.

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