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Getting Flexible: How to Project Manage Non-Nine-to-Fivers

Flexibility is rapidly becoming the new norm when it comes to work schedules. The days of the conventional 9-5 are gone and are rapidly being replaced with options that employees can customize to suit how they want to work. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Jade Attwood discusses various insights into creating success with looser work structure.

On the Clock off the Clock

Work days that are flexible can be intimidating for project managers because their team will no longer be working in one spot at the same time. This does not have to mean the end for collaborative meetings and focused goal-setting sessions; all it means is that there needs to be a new strategy. There is even the possibility that more can be accomplished in this flexible time.

The secret to managing flexible workers and ensuring that you get the most out of them is simple: plan. Effective planning will go a long way with helping flexible workers achieve or even surpass success standards. In the beginning stages it is vital to explicitly state the ultimate goals. Additionally, the initial meeting is a great place to map out everyone’s tasks. Richard Branson has been quoted as saying, “Clarifying their role within the team and how they will contribute to the end result will ensure that they stay motivated and on track: no matter which hours or location in which they are working.”

Employees will continuously stay motivated if they have face-to-face meetings regularly. Meetings additionally help the project to stay on track and allow for you to identify any road bumps before they entirely derail the project. Even if the team is not all working in one spot, collaborative work can still take place and should be encouraged. Social media sites offer private group options that would allow for your team to communicate regularly with one another.

You should anticipate that more time will be needed to collect all of the team’s work. Allow for extra time to collect the work, as well as anticipate if anything needs to be adapted.

The 9-5 is no longer etched in stone, and flexible work is now happening everywhere. Embrace the change and see how this new structure can transform your organization. You can read the original post here:

About Danielle Koehler

Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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