What To Do When You’re Shorthanded

If you’re in an industry where teamwork counts, working with fewer people than normal is difficult. I’ve made a mental note of things you can do to make work less hectic and stressful when co-workers are missing in action.

  • Work faster. With less people, there’s more work. Force yourself to pick up the slack.
  • Be prepared. If something unexpected pops up, you’ll be ready.
  • Communicate. Make sure everyone who’s present is on the same page.
  • Take a deep breath. Relax and stay focused when you feel overwhelmed.
  • Stay positive. Know that you’ll make it through the day and get everything done.

These tips can and should be used when you’re not shorthanded as well. When you’re workforce is depleted though, following these guidelines is essential.

When you’re shorthanded, how do you handle it?

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2 comments so far

  1. Amit GK on

    Eat a Frog!

    Again a great time management strategy that may help shorthanded teams…

    http://www.amazon.com/Eat-That-Frog-Great-Procrastinating/dp/1576751988/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1207742053&sr=8-3

  2. christophercdean on

    @Amit – Nice recommendation! Brian Tracy is right on with his advice on time management and goals.


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