We’ve been helping our people develop their time management skills for years, decades even. So why is it that, as we approach 2018, there is still such a high demand for it?
There could be many supporting arguments around this question – poor quality learning solutions, the need for refresher programmes, new workers entering the business and many more. But perhaps it’s less to do with what we’ve done in the past, and more to do with the current workplace environment?
There is no question that digital distractions have interfered hugely with the way we work. Whether that be social media, the plethora of apps available to us, private messaging or simply email, technology has caused distractions we didn’t have ten years ago. It has reconditioned us to a new way of living, thinking and working – and, as a result, time management skills have fallen by the wayside.
But we need to stop pretending that this is going to change. These distractions are here to stay and will soon be joined by so many more. What we need to do here is capitalise on them and use technology to aid our people with time management, rather than hinder them.
The 24/7 culture
We’re always available now and, while we may not be in the office 24 hours a day, we still have access to our emails, work social media and telephones. Gone are the days when people work 9-5, and this accessibility has created a mentality where working from home in an evening or on the weekend is not a bad thing.
If we can effectively review time management within our organisations, we will be able to create a healthier work/home life balance for our people. This is a win-win situation, because the result will be more focused, motivated individuals.
It’s not unfair to think that we need to accomplish more in less time than we did ten or twenty years ago. Competition in business, and in fact in careers, has grown exponentially and we all face higher pressures in the workplace.
Effective time management skills can help us overcome this, hitting more targets and improving productivity business wide. This can also allow for great ROI for L&D departments, if tracked appropriately.
Increased stress levels
Being behind with your workload, the increased pressures we just talked about and high targets can easily lead to increased stress levels. And with over 11 million days lost at work a year because of stress at work, employers have a real duty of care to make changes.
Great time management skills can keep stress levels low, allowing your people to juggle workloads more efficiently, reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed and prevent worry about progress. It’s one of the great tools we need to truly equip our people and create a healthy workplace.
We often plan things out in work – high priority items rarely get forgotten, and you may find that deadlines aren’t missed, despite extra hours having to go into meeting them. However, 50% of people believe low resilience levels impact workplace performance, and increasing pressures are eating away at our resilience.
But how can time management help? Consider the impact if your people were planning their energy levels as well as their priorities. What if they were crystal clear on when they were most productive, and ensuring they were allocating the right tasks to the right times of day? No doubt there’d be a clear impact on productivity, meaning reduced pressure and improved resilience.
If you think it’s time to review your time management learning solutions, consider some of the techniques that we recommend in our whitepaper. In it, we take a look at the real cost of poor time management, how managing time effectively is a key way to improve productivity and boost employee engagement and techniques and strategies to overcome common time management problems.
Rachel Matthews, Strategic Marketing Manager
In my blogs I will look at industry constraints and issues and problems that employees face in their day-to-day work lives.
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