Workplace: Creating Crisis

A crisis created by people can be handled, mitigated, and typically avoided in the future. A crisis arising from an accident or unforeseen circumstance can also sometimes be prevented in the future.

Recall that a crisis is something that is life-threatening, can cause injury or harm to a person, or can cause harm to business. Just because something is urgent does not mean it is a crisis.

A crisis occurs when the issue or request is both urgent and important/related to our work, goals, and organization mission. When a request is both urgent and important, we are faced with determining whether a time-certain scheduled action is needed or whether we need to drop-everything to address the request now.

Adding items to our project list because we have determined a request is important (fulfills our goals/mission) includes adding a due-date. I suggest that when you are adding an item to your to-do list, it includes Who is going to do What by When!

Without the who/what/when details there is not clarity on your duties nor on when you will need to schedule the added work.

With the who/what/when details you are better able to manage your existing workload when adding new items to your own to-do list.

Here are some examples of creating crisis (that didn’t have to happen).

  • Falling behind on work and not communicating the fact can lead to a failed project.
  • Not knowing how to complete a task and not asking for help to learn how to do the task can lead to missed deadlines and failed projects.
  • Coming to work sick…need I say more given the times we are living in during 2020?
  • Saying YES to so many projects that none of them are done well and that some of them turn into crisis.

What is your team treating as a crisis that really isn’t?

What do you expect your team to treat as a crisis? Do they know this?

Are your teams creating crisis? Would you like a solution? Let’s visit. Jana 208-367-1701          As the author of seven books, three of which are on use of time and decision-making, Jana has been interviewed by U.S., Canadian, and European programs, and magazines.

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