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Keep those deadlines on track

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If you have the feeling people may not meet an impending deadline, don’t wait until it’s too late. Instead, use this strategy to keep them on track, without being pushy.

At least one week prior to the deadline (or further out for large, priority projects), check in with employees to gauge their progress. Ask them questions like:

  • “How are you progressing so far? What have you accomplished since we talked last week?”
  • “What steps will you take to finish this project?”
  • “What obstacles could get in the way of meeting the deadline on [date]?”
  • “What will you do to ensure you finish by [date]?”
  • “What are your plans between now and next Monday?”

Then reinforce how important it is to hit the goal.

— Adapted from “Getting Employees to Meet Deadlines without Nagging,” Paul Cherry, Inc., www.inc.com.

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