It was massive!! Does anyone remember your parent’s old vacuum cleaner back in the day? (i.e. Hoover) It worked well for ages!!
Does anyone appreciate time spent with friends at a beach or park without having a mobile phone by your side taking pictures of the beach or park and sharing with your friends? “Wait a minute. That moment we spend enjoying life as humans now must be shared with the world?” Seems like a lot of work and offers no chance to truly reflect. “I’d rather hear what others have to say about this experience I’m having at this exact moment…and I can’t wait for the response : )” Louis CK reflects on this habit very well in this link.
All these queries highlight a key fundamental issue with the modern world we live in today: We want more for less and the ability to appreciate quality and contentment is tested more and more. This article could debate countless topics on the matter however in an effort to offer clarity we will discuss our favourite topic of all; the workplace.
Little Known Facts:
What’s the issue?:
In today’s world we are asked as consumers and clients to want to purchase “MORE VALUE” for “LESS MONEY$$”. The market will now lend itself toward delivering to the consumer a product or service which is “LESS MONEY” however “LOWER QUALITY”. Perception will be that the market is delivering higher value however this will not always be the case. We should state here that these are generalist statements and do not apply to any one company or industry. I’m merely trying to paint a picture which most will already know. Unfortunately all consumers have jobs just the same. In the workplace we are asked to do more for less so the consumer can have “MORE for LESS”. Sounds like a viscous cycle where the risks placed on maintaining high quality are in a compromised position.
How do we solve this issue?:
The first step in solving any issue is first recognising the “issue” in the first place. Working more than 40 hour work weeks is not normal. Checking e-mail while sick at home on the toilet is “NOT NORMAL”. Expecting to return a voice mail call within 5 minutes of receiving it is “NOT NORMAL”.
The second step in resolving the issue is working out a system to manage your time. We all know the importance of goal setting. We must also know the importance of goal alignment. You may have a goal to “run an hour every morning” however the placement of this goal compromises with your goal to “read an hour every morning”. Pretty soon your time will run out and you’ll have little to show for it. All have seen this time and time again, however most of us find it difficult to implement in our day to day hectic lives:
SMART Goals are – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely
This forms the core for personal, organisational goal and task setting which if applied correctly will inherently resolve the resource issue, i.e. enough time will be allocated to achieve goals and targets set before you.
Let’s now view a new system of task, goal and resource management in a workplace environment which attempts to solve the “busy bee” syndrome:
Welcome to the Modern Workforce where more is expected of you. Old rules still apply.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
Key Takeaways for Achieving Extraordinary Results with effective time, goal and resource management:
If you would like to learn more about our current Resource Management and Task / Goal setting skills at Froster Engineering out of interest I’m happy to take this conversation offline and discuss via Skype or over a coffee.
I’m passionate about creating a work environment which is both rewarding, productive, positive and without unnecessary stress. In order to meet our goals in offering fully collaborative, sustainable engineering design we must focus on this core element as a fundamental principal going forward. As Director of Froster Engineering, it is my commitment that this be the key aim that drives our vision. We would like to work with others in the industry that share this same vision as well.
Feel free to contact me direct at +61 405 640 016 or Skype: jeff.froster
I’d better run. I’m running late for my next meeting….
Froster Engineering has successfully delivered the mechanical services for our recent 10,000m2 office building in Joondalup. Jeff worked enthusiastically and collaboratively with our design te... read more
Froster Engineering has successfully delivered the mechanical services for our recent 10,000m2 office building in Joondalup. Jeff worked enthusiastically and collaboratively with our design team to help deliver the first 5 Star Green Star office building in Joondalup. Jeff’s attention to detail, the client brief and onsite construction supervision has been appreciated and ensured we have been delivered a quality commercial development for the long term. I look forward to the ongoing relationship and future project opportunities.