TAG | Team work
After a beautiful long weekend of unwinding and recharging the batteries, yesterday morning I decided to ease back into reality by checking out my news feed on Twitter. I came across an article in the careers section of the New York Times about how employees can ask for help in the workplace without making themselves look or feel incompetent. The article gave advice on how people can ease their workloads and manage their time effectively. Check out the full article here.
Following the global economic crisis, many employees feel that they have two or three jobs because of cut backs in resources within many organisations. I thought I would share my tips on how I deal with my heavy workload:
1. Write a to-do list. My working week consists of drafting lists, working through one by one and narrowing the list down. It helps me to keep on track of what is outstanding and where I am with certain tasks.
2. Prioritise your list. In recruitment, ad hoc activities are always cropping up so you have to be able to separate the ‘wheat from the chaff’. Knowing which tasks take priority is half the battle and allows you to focus your time on the important projects as opposed to the most imminent.
3. Communicate. Sometimes the quickest way to get an answer, support or advice is to ask the person sitting next to you. Use your colleagues and their knowledge to speed up processes and to gain a deeper insight and better understanding of the task at hand. Often I find this helps me to get to the solution quicker.
4. Delegate, carefully. It is great when you can fully entrust someone to carry out a task completely. Play to your team’s strengths and ensure you assign tasks to suit their individual skills.
5. Share your expertise and knowledge. This is foolproof. If you can extend some knowledge to a colleague, do it voluntarily and with ease. You never know when this will come back to help you.