Overwhelmed or overburdened?

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Project overload is real. As a leader, it can be hard to tell whether your team needs more resources or could just be working more efficiently. Here’s how to check:

  • Start by asking people to identify their key activities and how much time they spend on them in a typical week. Use that data to assess workloads and priorities.

  • Consider which tasks the team could stop doing and which might benefit from having their process rethought.

    • Pay special attention to low-value projects that have to get done but that take up an inordinate amount of time.

    • Are there ways to simplify the workflows to reduce the amount of time your team spends in these areas?

  • Last but not least, look for tasks that simply can be done more quickly.

If your team is still struggling after these steps, it might be time to hire more people.

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