Companies whose leadership has poor time management will inevitably lead to its demise.
There is a finite amount of time in each day and a workload that hopefully continues to increase.
Poor organization leads to missed deadlines, that can yield delays in projects and missed opportunities. Good time management and respect for other people’s time is crucial in a successful business. Aside from setting a bad example for employees, poor time management skills creates chaos and usually leads to bad habits. One of the habits can be that work is not prioritized efficiently. Unfortunately, much time is invested on that which is less important, simply to get it done. When if there was a clear vision of all of the work that needs to be completed and and a plan to be properly delegated, the success would be that much greater.
Those with poor time management at work, usually have similar tendencies in their personal life as well. And just because you appear to be busy doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a good manager of your time. There are those that have perfected the appearance of looking busy with no real accomplishment. If you’ve ever walked into someone’s office thinking that they were deep in thought and kicking out a big report since they are typing up a storm, only later to learn that they’ve just posted a huge rant on social media. But they looked busy to anyone passing by.
But as we know, things are not always what they seem.
While many employees are self motivated, others depend on leadership. There is a distinction and many in managerial positions prefer someone that is self motivated so as to not have to manage. Productivity is usually identified when you know the output volume and the volume of inputs. So if you are a numbers kind of person, and you are able to reach the numbers or goals that are set for you then you are considered to be effective. This makes an employee a desirable one but a truly valued employee will exceed the expectations set forth.
Many managers use the excuse of not wanting to micromanage their staff and allow mistakes to be made, this can be a good technique in some companies. There often needs to be training, professional development, and prioritizing to accompany that technique.
Since we can’t control time, and we’ve said that there is a finite amount of time in each day to accomplish all that needs to be done, priorities need to be determined so as to set goals for completion of any given project.
Without these disciplines of management, many people will find themselves overwhelmed, confused, and unproductive. This can actually not only affect the job but health as well. The feeling of not being productive, not reaching goals, and feeling like a failure can lead to feelings of depression.
Good managers will have a balance of giving clear instructions, with opportunities for collaboration when deemed appropriate, as well as assistance when needed, without the micromanaging aspect.
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