From struggling with deadlines to creating innovative solutions and dealing with ‘family’, employees are really regular people with their fair share of responsibilities and personal issues. As their employer, it becomes part of your duty to help them achieve a work-life balance, if they must deliver on their jobs.
Truth be told, helping them achieve a work-life balance is not the easiest of task. However, with the right time management skills, they can go beyond achieving to actually maintaining the balance. Here are 3 ways you can help your employees master the art of managing their time properly.
Set SMART goals
Often times, employees fail to deliver on tasks assigned to them not because they lack the required skills but because the task wasn’t well-defined in the first. In other words, employees will never really know what to do if they aren’t ‘told’ what needs to be done.
Since you ultimately get to decided who does what, it is important you make SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Reliable, and Time bound) goals of every task that need to be completed. Working with SMART goals, employees will not have a hard time prioritizing their tasks. They will easily differentiate between ‘urgent’ and ‘important’ tasks and with the right communication system in place, they will easily request assistance should the need arise.
Pair employees with the right team mates
Regardless their similarities in qualification and efficiency, no two employees are the same. It is therefore important that you have a clear understanding of the different personality traits of your employees.
Doing this will help you pair employees with team mates that will help hone their strengths and deal with their flaws. So, rather than having team members that will spend more time bickering than working, you will build teams that deliver excellent results in time.
Create a work-friendly environment
Studies show that employees are more likely to productively manage their time when placed in a work-friendly environment. You, therefore, need to realise that the work-friendly workplaces are not merely defined by having the state-of-the art facilities. It also includes having a managerial system that encourages personal career development, meaningful communication, and more importantly, well-planned agenda that reduce the time spent ‘talking about what to do’ and increase the time actually spent working.
Still not decided on whether or not it’s your duty to help employees invest their time properly? Well think of it this way, ‘you are helping them to help yourself’. As selfish as this may sound, it’s really an end result of investing more in your employees. So, do all it takes to help them become effective time managers because in the end, they are very central to your business goals and visions.