Invest in Your Team.
Enable Your People to Master Their Workday.
Empower Them to Be Truly Productive.
Teamwork is important, but individual performance builds team performance. So, in order for teams and companies to be more productive, make more meaningful progress, and get results that impact the bottom line, individual productivity must be mastered FIRST.
And for individuals to be more productive, they need to learn a methodology that really WORKS.
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 just can’t find?
- Last-minute, hair-on-fire reactivity was reduced – or avoided altogether?
- Employees could easily track, prioritize and accomplish tasks?
- Stress was reduced and confidence went up when employees have more control of their day?
- Employees weren’t buried in email with no simple way to manage 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. Support your employees in learning how to master their work and their workday so they can work more productively – in a way that helps them make progress faster and easier on their current and future goals and initiatives.
“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 workload management and productivity system created by Founder and CEO, Leslie Shreve. Taskology for Teams is a 9-12 week training course using the Taskology Video Training Series coupled with weekly or bi-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. Productive Day uses a “show me, try me, test me” approach to learning, and each participant can (and is advised to) learn Taskology in his or her own office space, thus making engagement easier and impact more apparent.
With each lesson learned, participants 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 Taskology system then becomes a part of the workday – as it’s new backbone – one step at a time, and it 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 – and the action steps assigned at the end of each Taskology video will enable participants to apply learning on the job right away. 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 or every other week allow participants to receive support, ask questions, get answers, and benefit from consultative advice throughout the entire training program – and beyond if elected. In addition, participants can be held accountable in several ways, as logins are tracked, the completion of surveys is required both before and after the training, and Taskology Quizzes can be offered to periodically check learning throughout the program.
In total, the Taskology for Teams training meets the new gold standard for learning. It’s immediate, relevant, easy to access, and applicable, and it offers a new way to empower your people to discover a new level of productivity, performance and progress.
Your Team will be fully trained and supported in all areas of their workday:
- Task and priority management
- Time and calendar management
- E-mail management and processing
- E-document organization and management
- Paper and file organization and management
Your team will learn…
- A new way to document, prioritize and accomplish all tasks, responsibilities, and projects
- How to manage ideas, reminders and delegated tasks.
- How to make daily tasks congruent with monthly and annual goals and objectives.
- A decision-making process for every type of information that enters their office and how to keep things organized.
- 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 emails more efficiently and effectively.
- What to do with all the emails that have accumulated over the years.
- Where to store emails and attachments that are necessary to keep.
- What email sub-folders to keep and how to consolidate and categorize them.
- And much more.
End results include…
- An increase in the ability to manage tasks, time and email between 100%-200%, on average, with results going as high as 300%-400%.
- Greater efficiency and time saved from maximizing a tool your team already has: Microsoft Outlook.
- Up to 90% increases in the ability to take charge of time.
- Progress enabled by a system that supports both daily task progress and long-term goal achievement.
- An additional 1-2 hours of uninterrupted, focused time per employee per day.
- An increase in confidence of 120%, on average, that time is being used efficiently.
- A 30% decrease in the time spent managing email.
- An increase in confidence in daily systems and processes of 120%, on average, with results going as high as 400%.
- Decreases in stress of 50%, on average, with results going as high as 80%.
- Improved employee engagement, job satisfaction, and performance.
“I have 30% more time in my day”
“Prior to being part of Taskology for Teams, my day was driven by interruptions and emails, and I was in a constant state of worry that I was missing something. I was unable to stay focused on a task, and with my outgoing nature, I had trouble saying no. I ended up working reactively, just jumping from fire to fire every day. Now, after learning Taskology, my day is more streamlined. I have a routine I follow every day that keeps me on track and I’m not worried about missing tasks or deadlines anymore. Using the Task List allows me to stay in control, focus on what I need to do, and get more accomplished. Plus, I’m shutting my door more often and I’m more protective of my time, and as a result I have 30% more time in my day to do the things I need to do. And now that I have more structure and more time I can be more helpful and available to the people I work with.”
Michael O’Brien, CFO
American Society of Landscape Architects
“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
As a business leader, I understand you want to invest in your employees. You’re demonstrating your commitment to their professional and personal growth, as well as illustrating the value they contribute to your organization. You’re investing in their success and the success of your company.
YOU know this, but the key is that THEY know this and understand the connection between what they’re going to learn and how it affects THEM and the company they work for.
The task at hand is to present the training to them as the benefit it is. They can save and protect more time for the things they really want to do. They can gain more awareness and clarity about everything they need to do and how to prioritize it. They can prioritize more accurately and completely, be more proactive, achieve more and make more meaningful progress. They can anticipate feeling more accomplished and satisfied at the end of every day. And they can gain more control of their day and enjoy a LOT less stress. And who wouldn’t want to enjoy all of these benefits?
These make up the first level of benefits. What are the benefits to your company specifically? Only you can connect the dots for your people. Tell them what it would mean to their team, their department or the company if they can achieve more in less time. Tell them what more time, more accomplishment and progress means for the company. How would all of this make your company stronger and more competitive in your marketplace?
If you want your employees to learn Taskology, you have two choices. Your first option is to make the training mandatory and the second is to make the training opt-in. While a mandatory approach is fine, I encourage you to consider an opt-in approach. Once the efficiency, productivity and progress of participants dramatically and noticeably improve, the rest of the team will wonder what they missed. And when you’re ready to enroll a new round of participants in Taskology for Teams, they will be first in line to opt in.
Research and years of experience show that in order for change to occur and really last, daily use is necessary to reinforce the change so that the change becomes a habit—one you don’t have to think about anymore. Luckily, when you learn Taskology, you’ll be using it daily and consistently from day one, so it’s easy to turn it into a habit and make it part of daily process.
Taskology is a simple, logical and easy-to-use system and as you learn it, you’ll start seeing RESULTS on the very first day. When you keep using it, you continue to see results and benefits.
Further, no matter what system you use, you have to use it for it to work. It’s true for ANY system. Taskology doesn’t work. YOU work. So if you don’t work the system, then no, it won’t work for you. But if you keep using it, it will always support you.
When I partner with clients, I’m with them every step of the way. I’m fully committed to their success. I give them every strategy I know—and personally use—in order to help them become the most efficient, effective and productive person they know. I help them master their workday and make more meaningful progress than ever before.
So, when you’re ready to increase your levels of efficiency, productivity, and progress—and get things done faster and easier with a lot less stress—making change will be easier than you think. The change you seek is worth everything it takes to make it happen. And once you begin to experience the results of Taskology, you’ll never want to go back to your old habits again.
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 efficiency and productivity for your team?
When you’re serious about increasing efficiency and productivity, and helping your team improve their performance, it’s time give your team a workload management solution that WORKS. To see if Taskology for Teams is a good fit for you and your people, email Leslie Shreve today to schedule a call: email@example.com.