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The Reluctant Workers This case study is based on a conversation between two people Tim Aston a new project manager and Phil Davies director of project management Aston had just changed jobs and was very excited about his new job He wanted to be the best manager his company ever had But ever since he had been on the job he was becoming more and more frustrated with the employees and their work habits Finally he went to see Davies and discuss his problems with him The problems that he discussed with Davies involved mainly time management but also communication and motivation The major problem with time management is getting people to realize that there exists a time management problem and that solutions are possible Kerzner 327 Aston complained that he had trouble with people walking out of late afternoon team meetings because they were afraid of missing their carpool There were also employees with scheduled vacation time during a very important time for the project and they would not switch their vacation time This is where the people associated with this project need to realize that there are time management problems and they need to find solutions to them in order to accomplish the goals set for the project In the textbook Kerzner mentions several techniques that can be used to make better use of time in the project environment follow the schedule decide who should attend learn to say no start now do the tough part first look ahead send out the meeting agenda If the schedule is followed which assumes everyone knows the schedule and what must be done then the project should be completed For the schedule to be followed everything must be planned out The problems that Aston was having with his employees would not have occurred if the schedule was followed and everyone was aware of what times they needed to be there and on what
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