Work life can be challenging. The pressures of jobs and careers can keep your mind racing all night long and even threaten marriages and family life.
Much of this stress comes from people being overwhelmed because of unrealistic expectations and unhealthy work cultures. However, much of this could be avoided.
Many times dysfunction, inefficiency and ineffectiveness can be deflected down the hierarchy of organizations placing the blame on each lower level of management and responsibility. However, many managers continue to add to an unrealistic list of tasks and expect the people they manage to maintain high levels of production, quality, effectiveness, efficiency, etc.
For example, if a manager assigns 15 tasks that require 1 hour to be accomplished in an 8 hour work day…it’s not going to happen.
From corporate America to education to manufacturing…unrealistic expectations is poisoning the cultures of workplaces around the world.
Here’s the problem. Multitasking is a myth. It is impossible. Two objects of matter can’t occupy the same space at the same time. You can only have one thing on your mind at a time. It is impossible to think about two things at the same time…impossible.
Just like computers, people have a maximum bandwidth.
How many times are employees accused of poor time management when management is doing a poor job of managing available human ‘bandwidth — Simply handing out more tasks isn’t ‘managing’.
Think about it.