One of the great things about working from home is being able to put a load of washing on while you think about that email you’re about to send.
You and I started moving away from 9 to 5 some time ago, getting emails at all hours etc, but Covid has been making blended work/personal living, and ad-hoc time management, mainstream.
For a while now good companies have been tracking tasks done rather than minutes spent. I still think that measuring time is worthwhile for the business, but not a good target for people.
To be able to set targets for your people you have to make sure the tasks are well documented and you know how long it normally takes a competent person to do it. When you add all the tasks together it should equal a role.
One of the best ways to manage all this is to use workflow software like Atlassian’s Jira. It not only gives you a central place to keep task instructions but, done right, will document who did what, why, how, when, and where.
If any of your people leave you will have documentation to train their replacement. Recurring tasks can appear in their to-do list automatically. You can reassign tasks, build in approval processes, schedule reviews. All in one place.
They say all good blog posts need “a call to action” and I always feel slightly uncomfortable about doing it but not this time, after all the lockdowns, it would be great to see you for a coffee. Hit me up.