Management: How to Manage Time
Updated: Sep 14, 2019
As a manager, you have a lot on your plate. You have to consider the needs of many different people and make sure everyone is as productive as possible. One major problem with this is that many employees do not know how to properly manage their time, which leads to a decrease in productivity. As a manager, part of your job is to set an example to your employees of how to properly manage time. The rest of this article will show you the steps you need to take in order to properly manage time.
One great way to help employees manage their time is by giving flexible deadlines if possible. If you have a deadline that you need your employees to hit, set the deadline slightly earlier so they have the flexibility to go over it. Employees should know that the first deadline is more of preference, but setting up their time like this can lead to higher productivity. You may be asking, what incentive do employees have to meet the first deadline? To counteract this, at your company you can set up an incentive program to encourage employees to meet the first deadline. This could be extra time for lunch, an extra sick day after a streak of consecutive deadlines met, a company wide competition to see who can meet the most deadlines, or any other type of reward system.
Overall, if you can better your companies use of time, you will increase your productivity. Time management stresses out many employees so any bit of help you can give them will increase company morale. If you have a strict environment within your company, employees will not want to come to work and productivity will go down. In contrast, helping employees manage their time will increase company morale and productivity. To conclude, time management is one of the most important factors in workplace success, so if you can foster a culture where all manage time effectively, your business will be effective.
By: Max Bray
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