7 Steps Managers Can Take (Now)

7 Steps Managers Can Take (Now)

Article from: CU Today

Although it seems like something a manager might never get around to doing, Theodore Kinne has invested some time in studying ways to better manage employees who are procrastinators.

Kinne, a management strategist, wrote on strategy + business.com that approximately 20% of adults identify themselves as chronic procrastinators, habitually unable to perform tasks on time, even when there are serious consequences involved. 

But there are seven steps that managers can take to better deal with such workers, according to Kinni.

Pointing to research done by DePaul University psychology professor Joseph Ferrari, he said researchers have identified is two kinds of procrastination: avoidance and arousal. 

“Avoidance procrastination is fear-based; it is driven by the desire to duck a task,” wrote Kinne. “Arousal procrastination is thrill-based; it is driven by the desire to play chicken with deadlines. Although it’s easy to joke about procrastination, neither kind is a laughing matter for executives.”

“Managing procrastinators can be an extremely frustrating experience. If one in five employees isn’t doing what they are supposed to be doing, or can’t be relied upon to meet a deadline, it can wreak havoc on planning, productivity, team performance, and anything else that depends on synchronized activity or keeping to a schedule,” he continued.

So what’s a leader to do? 

Kinne offered these tips that he said are “more akin to judo (the gentle way) than boxing when it comes to managing those who just can’t stop putting things off:

Know your procrastinators. “If your team is booting deadlines, it’s probably not likely that everyone is at fault. Identify the member who acts as a kind of perpetual brake.”