Employees are busy. As workforce adjustments have been made to accommodate the troubled economy, employees are becoming overworked. They are asked to do more with less or even do the work of multiple people. While still being employed is great, many employees could use a breather. You may be thinking, “That’s just not possible – the work still needs to get done.” True. But, is there anything you as the employer could do to make things just a little more manageable?
A few simple questions could lead to a few minutes of breathing room. When was the last time you sat down with an employee to find out what their pain points are? Consider having a conversation that reviews an employee’s workload and looks for items that could be streamlined or stopped. We all fall into the trap of doing things a certain way just because that’s how they’ve always been done. Don’t be afraid to try new ideas or even stop doing some things. Try a new approach and see how it works, you can always go back to the old way. But, unless you try, you may be wasting valuable time and your employees’ sanity.