How to Better Handle Missed Deadlines
Our recent new manager training research found that deadlines are one of the biggest sources of frustration, stress, and conflict for team leaders. Even though most senior executives consider timelines to be flexible, most employees report being hesitant to ask for more time from their boss. And our employee engagement research tells us that managers who know how to better handle missed deadlines as a new manager have higher levels of employee performance, engagement, and retention.
Steps for New Managers
If you are a new manager, it is important for your success and for the success of your team that everyone understands and respects the importance of meeting deadlines. Here are four steps to show how to better handle missed deadlines as a manager.
Be clear about what is flexible and what is not flexible in terms of cost, quality, and time.
If you want people to perform at their peak, they need to know what’s in it for them personally and professionally.
The Bottom Line
Accountability is a cornerstone of a high performing team. As a manager, you need to make expectations clear, make progress transparent to all, check in on a regular basis, and make it easy for people to voice their concerns and ask for help.
To learn more about how to better manage your team as a new manager, download How Much a Leader Should Push for Higher Performance
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