How to Improve Employee Time Management

by Contributor; Updated September 26, 2017
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No matter the business type or model, ineffective employees cost your company big money. There are several things you can do to help your employees become more effective, and one part of having a more productive employee is to improving their time management skills. MindTools explains that effective time management gives people the ability to decide what to work on and when, leading to a better use of their time and a productive outcome.

Step 1

Hold a class or seminar on time management skills that you can teach to your employees. Don't waste time and effort motivating your staff to become better at managing time until they understand what effective time management is.

Step 2

Make time to go over job responsibilities, expectations and goals with your employees. You can do this once a month or once every three months, but make the point of keeping your staff on the right track. If you don't remind employees of their job duties and expectations, they can start to develop unproductive habits.

Step 3

Help employees establish goals for themselves. Goal-setting requires time and effort, but having a plan for what to achieve and how to do it saves time and prevents wasted effort down the road. You can consider a reward program for accomplishing goals if that helps.

Step 4

Crack down on procrastination. Some employees are more productive under deadline pressure, but their last-minute rushing can disrupt the rest of the office. Work with procrastinating employees to break down tasks into smaller ones with reasonable deadlines for each piece of the project.

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