Pssst; The deadline for reclaiming corporate VAT is on September 30…
The way your organization treats project deadlines can speak volumes about your level of commitment to the work. Keep your team on track and on time with these tips:
- Set clear goals. Clarify the essentials required to meet the upcoming VAT deadline. Start with specifics about due dates, task owners and performance measures. Analyze the project’s scope and deliverables. Emphasize the purpose of the assignment. The expectations on both sides need to be crystal clear to avoid unpleasant misunderstandings later on.
- Create a proactive game plan. Break the project down into individual milestones, and create a dashboard to communicate the status of each step from the start. When the project is broken down into small steps, it becomes easier to carefully monitor the action items and the performance of the teams. Ensure all employees have the resources they need to reach each milestone and remove any barriers there might be to meeting their goals.
- Pad the timing. When setting deadlines, try to build in a cushion to account for the unknown – anything unexpected that may come up to delay the project. A more realistic time frame is much more likely to guarantee success in meeting deadlines, so always allow the team a bit of leeway.
- Encourage employees to take ownership. When employees are involved in determining task deadlines, it puts the burden of completion on them and takes away the perception of unrealistic expectations from the manager. Allow employees to demonstrate their level of commitment, willingness, confidence, and ability to follow through.
- Keep lines of communication open. Make it OK for people to ask for help. It is preferable that employees admit early on that they need more time or extra manpower. Check in often; avoid crisis-mode by helping the team remove potential roadblocks before they become missed deadlines.