What to Do When You’re Covering for Colleagues — and Can’t Keep Up

Harvard Business

As a time management coach, I believe the best option is the final one — finding an in-between solution where you keep up on the essentials but avoid putting the full weight of multiple jobs on your shoulders. If you also have some time out of the office at the same time (for example, a business trip), you may not have the capacity to take on extra tasks. This natural and normal consequence of vacation time needs acknowledgment. Time Off.

How to Get Your Team to Use Their Vacation Time

Harvard Business

In one study, researchers found that employees fear that their manager will think less of them for taking vacation. A 2015 HBR article by Ron Friedman is a treasure trove of facts about the benefits to reaction time, creativity, and engagement. As with anything that matters in the workplace, the key to vacation compliance is to measure it and manage it. Time Off. How to Negotiate for Vacation Time. Photo by Vicko Mozara.

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Urgent vs. Important – How to Sort Through the Noise

Women in Consulting

This concept was actually introduced by then-President Eisenhower, but it shows up as part of many time management systems.) The tool can be combined with anything and everything else you use for time management and tracking and has the additional appeal of being very visual and quite simple. Because ‘Important’ means important to you as well as to anyone else wanting something from you, things in this quadrant usually mean wasting time with no payback.

CC’ing the Boss on Email Makes Employees Feel Less Trusted

Harvard Business

” Rampant cc’ing leads workers and managers to squander precious time sorting through unnecessary messages. He found that increased transparency led workers to conceal information, even when that information was beneficial, such as process improvements they’d discovered. A manager might also choose to be more proactive. Ali is sitting at his desk, clearing out his email inbox.