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The Strengths and Weaknesses of Time Management and Their Relationship with Stress in the Workplace

Introduction

This Assignment will discuss the Strengths and Weaknesses of Time Management and their relationship with Stress in the Workplace, and how Stress affects the achievement of Personal and Team Goals. I intend to show how good time management can reduce stress and will base my findings on information I have gathered and a questionnaire I have written for my colleagues while giving examples of both good and bad time management

The Report will outline causes, symptoms and support available for Stress. This will be done by setting SMART objectives with the intention of reducing stress and improving productivity through use of good time and Stress management techniques.

Main Body

• Know how to use effective personal time management to achieve team goals

Fig 1 is taken from Covey (2001) and allows us to divide tasks into 4 groups, A, B, C and D with the A being the most Important and Urgent and D the least

I have added the text in Red as this enables us to decide the course of action to be taken with a task, thus promoting good productivity within the team

Fig 1

Urgency DELEGATE DO IT NOW

(Time) B A

URGENT BUT NOT IMPORTANT IMPORTANT AND URGENT

DISCARD OR DELETE DECIDE WHEN

D C

NEITHER URGENT NOR IMPORTANT IMPORTANT BUT NOT URGENT

Importance (Results)

• e.g. for A - Phone an Ambulance when an injured person is unconscious and you are the ...

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...l could sit with their manager and make a plan to reduce the causes of stress; this may be delegating some work, taking work away from them to loosen the load and explaining help available to get out of the situation. This may be enough to prevent drastic action, such as anti-depressants from the GP, sick leave and problems at home.

Conclusions

Good time management is essential if people rely on you to do their job. Failure of personal objectives can lead to others failing and ultimately the company failing. There are techniques that can be used to help decide what is most important (Important/Urgent Matrix) and by setting SMART objectives this is the plan of action to allow you to achieve individual and Team goals. We must be aware of how our actions affect others in the business. Poor time management to lead to stress, sickness and reduced team productivity

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