The Working Smart Method
Business Productivity Issues:
- Far too much time spent on email in-box
- Under utilising the technology available
- No consistency in practice across teams
- Poor planning resulting in poor productivity
- Juggling multiple activities at the same time
- Struggling to focus on the right things
- Managing intense workloads & struggling to stay on top of priorities
- Poor life balance with long hours
- Last minute working to deliver against deadlines
Productivity at Work:
Have you ever wondered why we behave and perform very differently on the run up to a week’s holiday? Have you ever noticed what we do differently? Generally most people move faster, deliver things to those who need them, don’t let ourselves get sucked into ‘chat’, clear our desks and email. We anticipate what might happen when we are not there and leave carefully planned, proactive instructions. Why? this is usually because we took the time to plan out exactly what had to be done and then focused on it 100%. Although this sort of working is probably not sustainable all year round, Priority Management asked the question: ‘If organisations could improve working standards consistently by 10%, what would it be worth in terms of business productivity and individual performance over the course of a year?’
Working Smart is the result of a 5 year study led by Dr Peter Honey into best practice behaviours and the impact IT has had on our working processes. This research identified that really effective people in today’s ever-changing workplace have highly developed self disciplined habits in the way they approach, respond to and handle work. As a result of this research, Priority Management developed our Working Smart Method which teaches habit changing processes by leveraging the capabilities of Microsoft Outlook, IBM Notes and NovelGroupwise.
Working Smart Programme Results:
Over 22,700 individuals from 1000 companies around the world have completed our Working Smart effectiveness questionnaire since it was launched. When asked ‘How much time have you gained as a result of the programme?’, the average of all respondents is 59 minutes per day per person. What does this mean? If you have a team of 10, you are producing another 5 days of productivity for the team each week. Are you really treating business productivity as the very expensive and scarce resource that it is?