Organize and Prioritize to Keep Employee Productivity High During the G-20 Summit

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(Brampton, June 17, 2010) - Faced with finding alternatives for keeping their businesses open during the upcoming G-20 Summit many business owners are grumbling about the inconvenience.  To ease the frustration, Professional Organizer Karen Sencich offers the Top Ten Tips to help business owners harness employee productivity throughout the upheaval.

 

1.      Ask for employee input about how to organize and prioritize during the days of business interruption. Share suggestions gathered with entire staff. The key is to maximize flexibility.

2.      Employees deemed essential, who must report to the office, will have fewer phone calls and visitor interruptions. This may be the ideal time to clear out files and shred obsolete material. 

3.      In understaffed offices there will be fewer opportunities for face to face meetings which will save time that can be allocated to clear out the e-mail inbox and re-organize computer files. Delete old drafts and categorize information using the same format as the hard copy filing system.

4.      This will also be a good time to dust, damp wipe and disinfect desk, keyboard, mouse and telephone.

5.      Employees assigned to work from home will happily save money on gas, parking or transit and eating out. This may overcome the inconvenience and cost of using home phones and cell phones to keep in contact with colleagues and clients.

6.      The chunks of time usually spent commuting, travelling to meetings, and taking lunch and coffee breaks may make up for time spent watching World Cup Soccer or doing computer work outside on the patio. There is no reason to not enjoy the nice weather!

7.      As tempting as it might be to use the day off as a vacation day, more can be accomplished by leaving the children in daycare and having a stress free day to focus on everything else that needs to be done to catch up on work related issues.

8.      Quickly plow through short term tasks such as updating database contacts or preparing expense reports.

9.      Engage in preliminary planning for long term projects. Leave voice mails or e-mails requesting appointments for follow up once the Summit is over.

10.  How can employees make the most of having a non statutory holiday weekday off? Suburban services will be open for business so book car maintenance or schedule an appointment for the dentist, doctor or optometrist. This will save taking time off work later.

 

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Tree and Decorating Tips

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Photography and video courtesy of Alan Sencich

 

 

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