If you believe that working harder will produce more, you are both right and wrong at the same time. Working harder can mean putting in more time, engaging more people, forcing people to work at a faster rate. But this results in higher costs and more mistakes being made. Tasks that were wrongly done need
redoing. This leads to higher cost and overheads.
More people doing a set of tasks does not necessarily lead to goods or services of a better quality. It is possible that tasks may take a longer time to complete as some members of the team may not contribute toward performance as they should. Teamwork is not everyone's cup of tea.
The Need to Work Smarter Not Harder
Yes, you need to work harder. Your people need to work harder. This is to get more things done. To produce more things. To serve more people.
But when you, and your people work smarter, less time and effort are needed to complete given tasks. This results in higher productivity. The bottom-line may improve because of lower overheads.
World's Economic Condition
The world's economy is in turmoil. Organizations, including large ones, are suffering financially. Many are going for leaner workforce. Thousands lost their jobs.
Good for those who are still in service? Not really true, as some will confirm.
A smaller workforce means less number of people doing the same or more work. In spite of this, organizations still expect higher productivity. Further to this, they may expand their business operations, either locally or globally or both.
These development can lead to -
Employee stress and stress-related illnesses
Loss of work-life balance
Employees feeling overburdened and as the result play truant
Poorer quality of work
How do you Work Smarter Not Harder?
Acquire better time management skills
Learn how to delegate more effectively
This assumes that people lower down the line are capable.
Imitate what others had done that produce results. Avoid the mistakes that they made.
Learn how to do the job right each time and every time
Support for "Work Smarter Not Harder" Initiatives
Outsource unessential tasks that have little impact on productivity, revenue generation and employee morale
Focus on the core business of the organization
Inculcate quality work culture and ethical principles among the workforce
Recruit quality employees
Terminate "dead wood" employees, keep the good ones
Make effective use of technology and communication systems
Zero-tolerance for poor performance
Reward smart working ideas
Implement a mentoring / coaching program
Formulate reference points for effective and fast decision making
Immediate attention to work-related or people-related prpblems
Training programs in time management, delegation of tasks, decision making, and otjer relevant matters
Once you start to work smarter not harder, you and your people will have less work-related stress, and can achieve more in a shorter time with a lower budget.