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Help managers set employee deadlines: 4 do’s and don’ts

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Without deadlines, employees flounder. They can't be aware of the urgency or priorities of a project unless their supervisors tell them. Following are four tips to help supervisors set realistic deadlines for their employees:

1. Do be specific Name the target day and time. And mean what you say. If you ask for completion "next week," don't complain on Friday that you really needed it on Wednesday.

If you say, "By the end of the month," be sure that 5 p.m. on the afternoon of the 31st is acceptable.

By contrast, if you wanted the project completed by 9 a.m. on the 31st so you could present it to your boss that afternoon, say so. Otherwise, you won't meet your boss's deadline.

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