Make it public. Post calendars in public areas to remind people of important dates. Mark the reservation deadline for the employee picnic where everyone will see it.
Color-code project deadlines on public calendars, so the sales team members know at a glance that the green items apply to them, and the marketers will look for orange.
Even marking off the past days makes it easier for employees to visualize time better.
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Post a copy of conference room reservations to avoid conflicts. When the customer service representatives arrive for their 2 p.m. meeting, they'll know at a glance that they need to wrap everything up by 4 p.m., when the next group has dibs on the room.
Synchronize the clocks. Maybe the art department employees are always five minutes late for meetings because the clock in their area is set differently from the one near the conference room.
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Executives are struggling with time management now more than ever, given the “doing more with less” philosophy that reigns in most workplaces.
In a new poll from Robert Half Management Resources, 38% of executives surveyed said time management is their greatest challenge—more than keeping up with technology or staying current with their industry’s regulations.
Ask your boss: “How can I open up more time in your schedule?"
- Sort all incoming papers, whisking away or routing the unimportant.
- Process her e-mail inbox, culling the garbage, forwarding only what deserves her personal attention, and processing the rest.
- Handle routine correspondence. Armed with a boss’s preferences, you could answer requests for meetings, time or donations, for example.
Today’s corporate realities mean people are already stretched to the limit … and you certainly can’t work any harder. You need to be able to handle today’s increasing pressures without losing the things that are important to you.
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