Parkinson’s Law states that work effort will expand to fill the time allotted to complete the task. In other words, if you give workers 3 days to finish a project, they will typically take the full amount of time to finish it. If you gave them 2.5 days then the project would be finished by then.
Now certainly there are exceptions to this principle. You can’t tell your contractor to build your house in a morning and expect it to happen. But what it does teach is that workers will reduce and refine the task so that the project can be completed in the time allowed. Your task as a boss is to ensure that you don’t give your workers so much time that they feel they have time to waste on less important issues. You want them to remain focused.
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Stephen M. Vantassel is a Certified Wildlife Control Operator (CWCP®) who helps individuals, businesses, and agencies resolve wildlife damage issues through training, writing, expert witness, and research. His latest books are the Wildlife Damage Inspection Handbook, 3rd edition and The Practical Guide to the Control of Feral Cats. He can be contacted at wildlifecontrolconsultant at gmail dot com.
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