It’s quite a widespread situation when at the end of a working day you linger at the office just because your colleagues haven’t left yet. You stay at work, doing nothing so nobody would think you’re a slacker.
It’s sad to admit but efficiency is seldom rewarded at work. Most of the firms bill by the hour so it may work against really productive people. There is an advantage of billing by the hour from the law firm’s perspective. If the work needs more time, it shifts all the risks from the company to clients. Such practice encourages lawyers to over-staff and over-search cases. But those people who work efficiently are risking to be underpaid.
Managers are used to think that working on the days off leaves a great impression. But let’s face the truth. It’s a remnant of industrial age with standardized nature of work on an assembly line. Workers from different spheres need different measurement systems. It would be better to evaluate the contribution of knowledge workers by what they create using their ideas and skills.
Companies only make their employees lose interest in being efficient, if they use that old industrial-age approach. So it’s not surprising that so many people procrastinate at work.
But there’s a solution to the problem. Forget about billing by the hour, evaluate the results of your work. Don’t count hours, concentrate on accomplishments.
Here are several tips which will enhance your efficiency at work:
If you follow these tips, you’ll spend significantly less time at work. Though, it may make some bosses feel nervous. But may be it’s time to change relationships with your boss?
Make him/her see you can do all the work in less time. Show your boss you achieve quality results on high-priority projects. There’s nothing new to it: do your best, report controversial issues fast and suggest solutions to them.
Focus on the results, not the hours you spent at work. Thus, you’ll have more time for your personal life.