Project Management: 6 Tips to Manage Staff Projects
The biggest resource any business has is its employees. If employees are overworked or overwhelmed they may become disengaged, reducing the benefit of a business’s greatest resource and making it difficult to complete their work.
As a result, the business and its employees will suffer. However, when you manage staff projects effectively, employee workload is balanced. Everyone will feel like they’re in control of what they are doing and engaged with the business. This is a win-win.
Here are 6 tips to manage your employees projects for better workload balance.
6 Tips to Manage Staff Projects Effectively
1. Identify Over- and Under-Utilized Employees. You can only manage staff projects that you know. This means identifying those employees who have been given more projects than they can handle as well as employees who don’t have enough work to do. It may be harder to identify under-utilized employees as they will likely look busy, even if they are not working on company-related tasks.
2. Ask for Input. Ask employees on which processes work well and which ones do not. Employees who do the same tasks often may have created better, faster, and more efficient ways to complete a project. Businesses should capitalize on that knowledge and use it to help other employees be more productive. By improving processes across a business, other employees could be more efficient, handling more work than they did in the past.
3. Don’t Multitask. Many people boast about how they can multitask, but they are doing a disservice to each of those tasks. Studies have shown that people are less efficient at each of the tasks they do when trying to multitask. Since a person cannot actually do more than one thing at a time, so the term should really be called multi-switching. By switching between multiple tasks often, people are less productive as well as inefficient.
4. Prioritize Work. Make sure your employees understand what tasks are important to you and the company and which ones are less important. Managers and their employees should be on the same page when it comes to prioritizing their workload.
5. Communicate with Employees Regularly. Don’t wait until there is a real morale problem to communicate with your employees. If you touch base with each one of them on a regular basis, you will understand who is over or under-worked and who has become disengaged. Provide meaningful feedback to them, both positive and negative, in a constructive manner. This is the time to learn if employees needs additional support or training in order to do their jobs correctly and efficiently.
6. Reallocate Work As Needed. After making the changes listed above, if your team’s workload is not allocated correctly, reassign work as needed. Before making any changes, talk to each employee so they understand why you want to reallocate work. Explain that adjusting resources will simply balance the work load and is not a reflection of personal performance. You should also listen to these employees as they may have other valid suggestions which you should consider.
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