Collective Time Management

The June 2014 issue of the Harvard Business Review includes an interesting article about collective time management that contrasts approaches that different teams are using to

  • allow more flexible schedules
  • prevent turnover due to excessive work hours
  • manage interruptions

The approaches range from structured time off to predefined no-interruption and no-meeting times. One example cited is truly pitiful, the ability to unplug completely one night a week, but others are significant, allowing team members to designate half-days off during normal work hours. Interestingly, all the initiatives reported in the article were successful in boosting productivity and job satisfaction. The moral of the story is that each team is different and should select the program that fits its unique needs.

My (very small) team fully subscribes to the set-your-own-schedule approach. What are you doing for collective time management?

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