A common gripe in every organization I have been associated with is “we need more people” or “we have too much to do and not enough hours in the day”. Have you heard these things? It seems to be a common theme no matter how many people there are because there are always more ideas out there and it is always much faster to think or re-think of things that need to be done much faster than anyone can possibly do them.
The problem is that constantly being in this state of feeling overwhelmed by having too much to do without enough resources to do it becomes a major obstacle to get anything done and creates a lot of stress and negative impacts in the organization as people become cynical, resentful and disengaged. There is no way to become a high performing organization with this type of mindset.
The stress is not the result of not having enough people, it is caused by some very common productivity killers which leave people scrambling for steady ground and keep everyone in survival mode, rather than seeking to provide the most value added solutions.
Rather than focusing on the lack of resources, the following 5 action steps will produce better and more effective results: