How many crunch times do you have a year? In the booming life sciences and technology industry, for example, the most common answer is “any time one is preparing for a medical congress.” If you’re also counting down to a product introduction, the heat can be sweltering.
Spring and Fall events are a scramble in many industries and the intensity of work life in 2018 demands extraordinary commitment from today’s leaders and employees. Lean teams rarely feel they’re on top of it all despite starting to prepare well in advance.
A planner by nature, I was thrown off base years ago when one of my team members was lured away by a competitor and another went out on medical leave. Both happened 4 weeks before a highly anticipated scientific gathering with company plans for customer advisory boards, major clinical presentations, and heavy tradeshow booth activities. The lesson was invaluable.
Seasoned managers proactively plan the intermittent use of a few outside resources to complement the work of full-time staff in technical, scientific, creative, and field roles. If you’re a startup of 20 or less, or even a “solopreneur,” resource planning is even more important (and mission-critical if you don’t think you need it!). We’ve seen clients achieve big success and it looks like this: outside resources are fully integrated as part of the internal teams ready to take on assignments big or small. No one stresses. Big fails happen when there’s insufficient forethought on resource planning or if there’s internal resistance to adding help even temporarily.
Below are best practices used by the busiest and leanest teams we’ve worked with to get a grip on workload before it zaps the energy and resolve of even your go-to employees.
Now’s the perfect time to set yourself up for smooth sailing in 2018.