Since you need talented people for working on your organization’s goals, you need to make sure that they don’t waste their time on anything that doesn’t create value. Since we have been giving a lot of thought to ‘talent’, it makes sense to list down what all are those time-busting activities.
Gossip, rumor mongering, and time on personal social media are the obvious wasters. But I could write down the following activities which appear like work and can indeed end up your time sheets and inflate your demand for people.
1. Redoing something that was done with errors. You may have to do it but it is not good work because it is wasteful. (e.g. your report comes back to you with comments on missing parts, errors, etc.)
2. Reminding people. You may have to do it but it is not good work because it wastes your time. (e.g. you remind your colleagues for same work again and again. Your project management becomes a de-facto reminder service.)
3. Reinventing the wheel. It is not good work because you are not using what has been done before. You haven’t prepared and planned your work well. ( e.g. You know that someone has done a similar engineering analysis and you haven’t simply cared to find it and your deadline has passed. Now you are breathlessly working on it.)
4. Meetings that are only for information sharing. No sooner than the presentation is over the meeting is declared to be over, may be with just one or two questions. Information is best shared through write ups, charts, pictures or videos. Discussion based on a previously shared information and agenda is much more efficient. Attending former kind of meetings is definitely not good work even if you are ‘colluding’ with your boss in this!
Read about more such time wasters here
You know nature takes away what you don’t use well or waste. One can spend away money, one can let ideas rot, and one can suffer bad health by not exercising (not using your body fully). One can waste talent. It is not surprising that talented people don’t like their talents to be misused or unused.
Talent walks out in such situations leaving you to wonder about employee attrition.