Time-Management Skills Big Concern, Training Isn’t

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<p><strong>St. Petersburg, Fla. &mdash; June 27</strong><br />In a corporate world where employees&rsquo; plates are so full they can&rsquo;t find their forks, time management is an ongoing concern. </p><p>According to a just-released study conducted by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), the majority of 332 polled companies have heartburn about not only time management but delegation skills, as well. </p><p>Training in those areas, though, isn&rsquo;t as high a priority.<br /><br />The survey found 53 percent of companies have a &ldquo;somewhat high&rdquo; or &ldquo;high&rdquo; level of concern about the time-management skills of their employees, and 46 percent of companies feel the same way about workers&rsquo; delegation skills. </p><p>Those concerns don&rsquo;t always result in training in these areas, however. Although 49 percent offer programs for time management, only 28 percent do so for delegation training.<br /><br />&ldquo;When I&rsquo;ve had casual conversations with executives over the last few years, it appears to this outsider that the amount of stress related to the work schedule is getting out of control,&rdquo; said Jay Jamrog, i4cp senior vice president of research. &ldquo;If their comments are accurate, they are heading for a collective nervous breakdown.&rdquo;<br /><br />Of those companies that provide time-management training, 52 percent do so within the company (with 71 percent using a classroom setting), compared with 59 percent that offer delegation training in-house (with 65 percent opting for classroom work). </p><p>The most commonly used tools for time management are computer-based (Lotus Notes, Microsoft, etc.) and handhelds (PDAs, BlackBerries, etc.).<br /><br />Regarding schedule-creation skills, there&rsquo;s also considerable concern, with 39 percent of responding companies somewhat or highly concerned about scheduling skills. </p><p>Only 23 percent say they have a low or somewhat low level of concern in this area. The most commonly used tool for schedule creation is Microsoft Excel.<br /><br />The Time Management Practitioner Consensus Survey was conducted by i4cp, in conjunction with HR.com, in June 2007.</p>

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