5 signs of poor time management

time to improveIn todayโ€™s fiercely competitive world, organisations have to differentiate themselves in order to survive. The four focal points of differentiation are: product, pricing, money and manpower. While product, pricing and money can be similar across industries working in the same sector, it is the manpower that truly differentiates an organisation. When employees are productive and committed to the organisation, then it can truly become a market leader. Here are signs that your employees still have a long way to go.

Dis-proportional lead times

A major indicator of productivity, or the lack of it, is the lead-time. Lead-time can be defined as the time between the placement of a customer order and the actual delivery. Above average lead times will lead to customer dissatisfaction and ultimately customer flight. Obviously you need to analyse the existing pattern of lead-time in your organisation and then compare it with the industry trend. If you find that your organisation has a high lead-time, then it ultimately boils down to low employee productivity. Improving time management will solve such problems.

Increased activity on social networks

While social networks are an extremely efficient means of communication, they are also very distracting to the average employee. What happens when you notice that there is an increased employee activity on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks?

If this is happening during office hours then it means that employees are spending their working hours in pursuing non-productive activities. This is the precise reason why many organisations pose restriction on the use of social networks during office hours. You will have to coach employees in improving time management skills.

Failing deadlines

Deadlines are kept to ensure that key project milestones can happen in accordance to the pre-approved time schedule. Every employee breaks deadlines sometimes. The problem arises when a sizeable chunk of your staff develop the habit of flouting deadlines regularly.

This is when you should recognise that you have a serious productivity and performance issue. If deadlines are not met regularly, then the overall performance of the organisation suffers and this has a negative impact on the bottom line.

Unhealthy culture

Every office has its own quite essential grape vine and a certain aura of politics. Most organisations manage to remain productive and efficient, even in this atmosphere. The problem begins when cultural clashes and groups begin to spoil the overall culture of the company.

Petty squabbles and jealousy promote a feeling of unhealthy rivalry inside the organisation and detracts from the productivity of the company. This is why most human resource professionals suggest that a cultural analysis should be done at least once a year in every organisation.

Boredom and idleness

When employees are not challenged enough at their workplace their productivity decreases. This is why you should ensure that all employees have enough workload to keep them occupied at all times.ย  When productivity decreases, idleness increases and vice versa. Keep an eye on these top productivity peeves and nip them early in the bud.

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