Invest in Your Team.
Empower Your People to Be Truly Productive.
For employees to get more accomplished, make meaningful progress, and get results that impact the bottom line, they need to be trained in best productivity practices.
Consider this. How would your business results improve if…
- Opportunities, tasks and follow-ups were never missed, lost or forgotten?
- Employees could have more time to focus on important priorities?
- Steady, reliable progress was made on strategic plans and business goals?
- No one wasted time looking for information they know they have, but can’t find?
- Last-minute, hair-on-fire reactivity was reduced – or avoided altogether?
- Employees could easily capture, track, prioritize and accomplish tasks?
- Stress was reduced and confidence went up when employees have more control in their day?
- Employees weren’t buried in email and not sure how to handle them?
Research and common sense tell us that when productivity declines, it leads to a measurable drop in results and reduced progress. And that hurts the bottom line, which is exactly what you don’t want and can’t afford. Support your employees in learning how to be more productive, in a way that will lead them to make progress faster and easier on the work you expect from them.
“Now I know there’s a better way.
When I see what our managers are doing and I hear the same old excuses,
I remind them they’ve been given Productive Day training
and their excuses don’t hold water anymore.”
Ingrid West, President
Your People Make the Difference.
An article in Inc. Magazine from the Build Network Staff says, “Hiring new talent is both costly and time consuming. According to a 2012 survey of 500 human resources professionals, the average cost to fill a position is nearly $11,000, and it generally takes new employees eight months to become fully productive. But wait, it gets worse: Companies typically lose 23 percent of new employees during their first year on the job. So the time and effort managers spend to hire and train new talent is often wasted. Think of all the resources you could save if you simply worked harder to retain existing staff.”
In today’s competitive, information-driven market, it’s your people who make the real difference. The ones you have NOW. And as a company leader you must use your team’s collective strengths and talents to the greatest extent possible. This includes helping them stay productive and stay engaged. You can do that by giving them the training they need to truly DELIVER.
than in the education and development of their own people.”
Tony Robbins – life coach, author and motivational speaker
Let’s talk about the training.
Productive Day offers team training based on Taskology® The Science of Getting Things Done, a productivity system created by Founder and CEO, Leslie Shreve. Taskology for Teams is a 9-week training course using the Taskology Video Training Series and supported by weekly Group Coaching Calls.
Here’s what you need to know about the training and how it works…
Use of training videos allows participants to learn valuable, applicable lessons in short bursts and reduces the need for on-site, ½-day or all-day instructor-led training. Videos are easily accessible and offer flexible learning so your team members can watch on their own schedule. And with only 30-60 minutes of videos each week, this training program can easily fit into even the busiest professional’s schedule.
Two of the challenges with today’s learning modalities are difficulty assessing engagement in the program and measuring impact. Taskology makes engagement and impact easier and more apparent, because each participant can (and is recommended to) learn in his or her own office space. With each lesson learned, they can immediately implement as they navigate their day using their own tasks, calendars, emails, papers, files, and more, and each day brings a continuation of application and use. The system learned then becomes a part of the workday – it’s new backbone – one step at a time, and can be used for the duration of a professional career.
Taskology for Teams covers every aspect of a professional workday, bringing it all together so participants can ultimately enjoy a totally productive workday. The training gets every participant working on the same page, and with everyone using the same system and talking the same language, team productivity goes up, stress goes down, employee engagement increases, and progress and performance improve.
There are no added expenses for travel, hotels, meals, or the lost time and productivity that are typically associated with training requiring travel. And the more team members who participate, the lower the cost per person. The training accommodates groups of any size and enrollment bonuses are available.
It Promotes Lasting Change
Participants will learn what to do and how to do it, including what steps to take and why. Continuous learning and implementation ensure continuous practice and repetition, increasing the likelihood that skills will be effectively used on the job and learned over time. One-hour group coaching calls each week allow participants to get support, ask questions, and receive answers and consultative advice throughout the entire training program – and beyond if elected. In addition, participants are held accountable in several ways, as logins are tracked, the completion of surveys is required both before and after the training, and a Taskology® Test can be offered to periodically check learning.
Your Team will be fully trained and supported in all areas of their workday:
- Task and priority management
- Time and calendar management
- E-document organization and management
- E-mail management and processing
- Getting and staying organized
Your team will learn…
- A new way to capture, track and prioritize all tasks, responsibilities, and projects, as well as ideas and reminders.
- How to make daily tasks congruent with monthly and annual goals and objectives.
- The ability to conquer stacks of paper and files from floor to ceiling.
- A decision-making process for every type of information that enters their office.
- Why they must protect more time in their day and how to do it successfully.
- The best ways to minimize over-booking, over-commitment and overwhelm.
- A practical way to organize, categorize and manage electronic documents and files.
- How to name documents and files in order to locate them quickly and easily.
- How to process e-mails arriving all day, every day.
- What to do with all the e-mails they’ve accumulated over the years.
- Where to store e-mails and attachments they want or need to keep.
- What e-mail sub-folders to keep, consolidate or eliminate.
- And much more.
End results can include…
- Productivity increases of up to 50% per employee and for the team as a whole.
- Greater efficiency and time saved from maximizing tools your team already has, such as Microsoft Outlook®.
- Up to 60% increase in control of the day from reductions in chaos, clutter and confusion.
- Progress enabled by a system that supports both daily task progress and long-term goal achievement.
- One to two hours of uninterrupted, focused time per employee per day.
- Increases in confidence up to 100% that time is being used efficiently.
- Time spent on email decreases up to 30%, increasing time spent on priorities.
- Improved employee engagement, job satisfaction, and performance.
- Decreases in stress of up to 30%.
“Now I feel like I’m in control and I feel less stressed…”
“Before learning Taskology from Leslie in Taskology for Teams, my day was ruled by my e-mail. It was hard to find time to complete the tasks I needed to complete because I was so focused on getting things done for other people. Now I feel like I’m in control and I can update my schedule and task list as necessary so I’m not overwhelmed.
The best thing for me has been learning to move items from Inbox directly into my task list without using the flag. I no longer have things hanging around in my Inbox for me to complete. It also frees me up so I don’t have to remember them. They go right on my task list and I follow up with them on the day I want to do them.
And it’s much easier to stay organized now. Each time I’d get the organizing bug, I’d come up with a new system for files, emails, documents, etc. Now, I have one system for everything and I don’t have to think about it, it’s just there. I don’t have to worry about starting from scratch with a different system each time and my desk stays clear. I feel less stressed now that I don’t have so much to remember. I can clear up the clutter and keep what I need on my task list so I don’t worry about forgetting something.”
Brie Henry, Operations Manager
“I highly recommend Taskology for Teams”
I absolutely enjoyed the Taskology for Teams class! The most beneficial part of the training was learning how to use Tasks in Outlook. It helps me get through my day and I’m using it faithfully.
I’m also doing a much better job as e-mails come in. I’m putting them on the Task list quickly and then I do a regular review of my list to see what needs to be reprioritized, especially at the end of my day. I really loved the group coaching sessions, too. I like that you took the concepts you were teaching and applied them to our personal e-mail, tasks, papers, files, etc… That made it so much easier to learn and practice the concepts. I highly recommend Taskology for Teams.”
Regional Director, Client Services, Mid-Atlantic
“I have seen a much larger increase in my sales production since we did the program.”
“I thought it was great. The sessions were not long, which is great, and I found that every time we met there was something I took away from it. So, I looked forward to the next one.
Before, I used to manage my tasks in my Inbox and it was never designed for that, but I was never taught by anybody how to do it otherwise. In fact, before I met you, I never knew what the task list was even for. But now, I find it to be indispensable. I cannot live without it, actually.
The key is that I can make better decisions with what I’m doing with my time. That is really the truth. I have found that my day is more directed. I’m able to follow up with more people and with the right people than before. I have seen a much larger increase in my sales production since we did the program. Now it’s difficult to say it was caused by this or some other factor, but I have to say that I can document that I have been making more follow-up calls to more clients and you have to assume that is leading to more sales.”
Brian McLean, Regional Director
Independence Blue Cross
“Given the way our brains are designed, we actually learn less well when we’re presented with
a great deal of information all at once. We do far better when it’s delivered intermittently, in spaced cycles, because that gives us time to deeply absorb it and commit it to long-term memory.
When we try to take in too much at once, we can easily be overloaded.”
Tony Schwartz – author, professional speaker, and Founder and CEO of The Energy Project
Why Productivity Consulting is Worth the Investment
In business today – when things like information and resources are essentially available to everyone – one of the only distinct advantages a company truly has is its people. However, employees are also one of the biggest expenses that a business has. In fact, Gallup found that many companies spend as much as 60% of their revenue on their employees.
That’s why it’s so important that your people are working productively — so you can get the biggest possible return on that investment.
But consider this. One recent study found that a whopping 40% of worker’s time is spent searching for misfiled, misplaced or lost documents. If your business has just three employees making $50,000 a year, that means you’re paying $60,000 a year for people to look for lost stuff.
Meanwhile, according to Intel, employees lose another six hours per week in the time it takes them to switch from one task to the next. For those same three employees, that’s another wasted $22,500.
Lastly, a study conducted by research firm Basex discovered that office distractions eat up about two hours every day for the average worker. Keeping with the example above, that’s an additional $37,500 lost!
But here’s the good news. Taskology addresses all of these issues and much, much more. And with the potential for a huge uptick in productivity, the program investment can pay for itself many times over.
Want to talk about increased productivity for your team?
When you’re serious about productivity improvement for your team, it’s time to have a conversation to see if Taskology for Teams is a good fit for your people. Contact Leslie Shreve today to schedule a call: firstname.lastname@example.org.