“It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. “The question is, what are we busy about?” Ask yourself how many precious minutes you lose each day wrestling with all the little time-suckers that you suspect should have been left in your rearview mirror some time ago. Here are some that just seem like part of doing business, but in reality could be draining your productivity with tick-like stealth.
1. Keeping the children separated. Meet employee gripes about the quirks of their co-workers with icy resolve. If the issue isn’t wholly business-related—or might represent the seed of a serious problem like harassment—inform a complainer that junior high school ended when they passed out the yearbooks. An adult who complains about the personal idiosyncrasies of others will never, ever cease finding other things to complain about too. Are you ready for a whole career of that?
2. Feeding the masses. Cateri...(register to read more)