Building a Better Organization with Time Management
All around us, people are busy. Employees multi-task in meetings – frequently distracted by technology. Leaders often fail to listen because of excessive commitments. Office calendars get packed tightly through the day leaving little room to think. Travelers squeeze in a few last items before a flight or on the ride home.
Busyness, while an outward indication of progress, achievement or success, has significant personal and institutional consequences. Our individual clients talk to our coaches about “work-life balance” as an unattainable goal – a holy grail of happiness. They report work as an omni-present force shaping their lives, never able to disengage. Recently an exhausted executive client put it simply – “my family wants me present, not just present.”
The volume of commitments we make takes a toll organizationally as well. Inefficiency and distraction are significant issues with work forces. When surveying our clients’ employees, we often hear that while busy, they feel unproductive or undirected. Employers, on the other hand, cite “burnout” as a significant reason for turnover.
Of course, work or life isn’t a binary choice. Leaders don’t need to sacrifice one for the other. In fact, the relationship is reciprocal – satisfaction in one leads to contentment in the other. Organizations that understand three key concepts can significantly improve their culture, while positively impacting the bottom line.
- Focus Your Priorities: Every employee, without exception, arrives at work each morning with a unique and impactful set of experiences that will shape their day. Separating those experiences from productivity and engagement at the office is an unrealistic expectation. Employees want to know how their work integrates with their lives. Gaining that understanding enhances engagement, productivity and satisfaction.
- Enhance Your Goal Setting: Goal setting is one of most impactful exercises that enhances productivity, at work and at home. Often times, employees fail to assess actionable or tangible goals at work and are even more scattered beyond the office. Helping employees set goals and priorities allows them to work at their peak.
- Understand Your Time: For leaders, time is their most valuable commodity. Organizations constantly strive to enhance time management but fall short on effectiveness. Simply adding technical tools to a routine is a short-term fix. Employees that understand why they fail to manage time, or which tasks and responsibilities fall to the wayside, are more productive and make significant changes in their productivity. And of course, greater productivity at work enhances engagement at home.
For over 50 years, Bell Leadership has helped employees, executives and organizations build their ability to operate at Peak Performance, increasing the bottom line at work and employees’ satisfaction in their lives. Register online or contact Lizzy Lauffer at (919) 967-7904 for additional information on Advanced Time Management and Personal Productivity seminar.