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1. What does poor time management look like to you?
Daydreaming?
Cleaning the spam from your e- mail box?
Talking on the phone?
Doodling on your notepad?
Staring out the window?
Sending and receiving e- mails from friends not co-workers?
Shopping on the Internet or playing computer games while at work?
Longer than needed lunches?
Reading the paper at your desk?
Planning your revenge?
Planning your next date?
Calculating your hockey pool results?
Coffee breaks morphing into laziness?
Going for a walk to clear your head?
Other:
2. In your “best-face response”, estimate the time you spend “goofing off” while at work:
Less than 15 minutes/hour
15 minutes/hour
15-30 minutes/hour
15 minutes for at least four of the eight hours per day
1 hour each day
1 hour each morning and 1 hour each afternoon
2 hours each day
More than 2 hours each day
Less than 30 minutes each morning and afternoon
Less than 30 minutes each day
Other:
3. List the activities from Question 1 which occupy at least 75% of the time you listed in Question 2.
4. Select the words which best describe what you say to your friends about your wasting time at work: (Select only 3)
I’m really bored at work.
I’m really tired when I come to work.
My work is insultingly simple and demeaning.
Others around me aren’t working up to their potential.
The company is sick and suffers from poor management.
We lurch from crisis to crisis and no one wants to create a system that works.
We lurch from consultant to consultant and there is no security or planning.
Everyone here suffers from job insecurity.
The industry is stagnated, so I’m looking for new employment.
My marriage is on the rocks and I’m depressed.
My kids are struggling with my discipline, and I’m confused and angry.
My immediate supervisor is a jerk.
My co-workers are idiots
Fill in the blank, if you use a different word:
Other:
5. If I were handed a magic wand and could draw a picture of my ideal working conditions would be like, the picture would be different from now in which of the following ways:
We would be given responsibility and trusted to do our work and that would be apparent to all.
We would have all the needed resources to do our jobs effectively.
Leadership would be inspiring rather than from boot camp drill sergeant.
Communication up, down and laterally would flow smoothly, with everyone taking responsibility that we are all on the same page.
The culture of the organization would be more/less driven by drivers and less/more compassionate.
The possibilities for recognition/reward would match the company’s stated mission and goals.
The team-quality would be one we could all foster and sustain, with effective facilitation from the leaders.
The “insiders VS outsiders” culture would be replaced by one based on recognized merit, creativity and generosity.
The scapegoat culture would be replaced by one in which everyone takes responsibility.
All middle managers would be required to study their performance in intensive training sessions where there are no holds barred.
All senior executives would be expected and required to move into the 21st century, in their leadership and human relations skills.
The practice of ethics, within and without the organization would be tracked, documented and benchmarked, for the purpose of turning this ship around.
Other:
6. From my perspective, the dominant characters in our organization are the following:
The old boys club
The playboys
The macho warriors
The poets and the philosophers
The bridge builders
The peacemakers/appeasers/ass-kissers
The marketers/sales force/revenue generators
The bureaucrats/support staff/detail experts/numbers crunchers/legal department, accounting department
The designers, creators, inventors, visionaries
The politically correct ideologues
The critical parents/super egos/shit-disturbers
The cheerleaders/deniers/public relations cover-uppers
The clowns/jesters/fools
Other:
7. The characters whose contribution is most snubbed, disdained, ignored and devalued are:
The old boys club
The playboys
The poets and the philosophers
The peacemakers/appeasers/ass-kissers
The marketers/sales force/revenue generators
The bureaucrats/support staff/detail experts/numbers crunchers/legal department, accounting department
The designers, creators, inventors, visionaries
The politically correct ideologues
The critical parents/super egos/shit-disturbers
The cheerleaders/deniers/public relations cover-uppers
The clowns/jesters/fools
Other:
8. To which groups do you believe you belong? (List in descending order of importance as you believe others see you.)
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
9. List the three groups to which you think your co-workers would assign you. (In descending order of importance.)
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
10. In general, which of the following approaches to resolving workplace problems and conflicts is most effective where you work?
“The carrot and stick” classical conditioning imposed from above.
Open discussion, with group norms setting the expectations, including the group rewards and sanctions.
Written recommendations to an assigned group of co-workers who make recommendations for implementation, which are then voted into action.
A combination of discussion, written submissions, and carrot-stick sanctions clearly articulated and enforced by designated “compliance police”.
A heavy dose of sanctions for those who are not following orders.
Peer mediators, plus discussion and enlightened leadership training, with a minimum of sanctions and a maximum of honour and trust at all levels.
Other:
11. In general, which of the approaches listed in Question 10 is the one most frequently used in your workplace? (Select only 2)
“The carrot and stick” classical conditioning imposed from above.
Open discussion, with group norms setting the expectations, including the group rewards and sanctions.
Written recommendations to an assigned group of co-workers who make recommendations for implementation, which are then voted into action.
A combination of discussion, written submissions, and carrot-stick sanctions clearly articulated and enforced by designated “compliance police”.
A heavy dose of sanctions for those who are not following orders.
Peer mediators, plus discussion and enlightened leadership training, with a minimum of sanctions and a maximum of honour and trust at all levels.
12. In general, how serious do you consider your time management problems at work?
Highly serious (9-10)
Relatively serious (7-8)
Serious (5-6)
Relatively unimportant (3-4)
Very minor (1-2)
13. In general, how seriously would you rate the problem of time management in your workplace?
Highly serious (9-10)
Relatively serious (7-8)
Serious (5-6)
Relatively unimportant (3-4)
Very minor (1-2)
14. If you were invited to participate in a cross-chart group dedicated to recommending conditions which would make the question of time management irrelevant -
Would you agree to participate?
Would you decline?
Would you explain your reasons for your decision, publicly?
Would you find what you considered an acceptable ‘excuse’ and decline?
Would you recommend someone else and decline?
Would you refuse in an open display of anger?
Other:
15. If you were called in to a performance review to address the issue of your personal time management, what would your response be?
Refuse to attend.
Agree to attend, for appearances, sign whatever commitments were required and return to your regular, usual method of operating.
Confront the supervisory officer with contradictory evidence, proving your innocence.
Seek the counsel of a co-worker (spouse, friend) and design a strategy to defend yourself against unjustified judgments.
Agree to the judgment, and consent, willingly and freely, to accept whatever counsel is offered.
Other:
16. If one of the steps, included in the Question 15 results, were a questionnaire around your time management, which of the following statements comes closest to your personal explanation about this issue?
I really am wasting time because I really am depressed and I really do want to change.
I really think this question is an unfair abuse of power by those making this judgment.
I really believe that there must be some other reason for this judgment. What else might be causing others to question my performance and my trustworthiness?
I really knew that, after that last party when I did something really stupid, that someone would complain and this is all they have to use against me.
I really have lost my interest in this work and I need to seek additional training and new opportunities because there is no reason to expect promotion or advancement here. I’m dead-ended.
I think this issue is really a flag for some deeper issues, and I think it would be wise for me to pay attention to what the full meaning of this might be.
Other:
17. I would rate my parents’ time management, how?
Highly efficient and demanding far too early on me
Highly efficient and driven, while leaving me free to make my own choices
Moderately committed to their tasks, while always having time to listen to me
They were really laid-back about efficient use of their time; in fact they “wasted” lots, and we played together often
They were really irresponsible in their use of their time and I had no effective role-modeling for this learning.
Other:
18. In my family of origin home, I was competitive with siblings and we were trained to compete for rewards.
This is a very accurate description of our family.
This description is not applicable in my situation.
This description is the opposite of my experience.
This description is useful for the families of my friends, but not in mine.
This description fits all the families in our neighbourhood.
19. In my view, time management/efficiency has been linked to those whose work lives are filled with obsessive-compulsive attitudes and behaviours.
This statement fits my perceptions and belief accurately.
This statement reminds me of those opposed to any form of discipline.
This statement sounds like a laissez-faire, psychobabble expert from the 1990’s.
This statement sounds like the quality control opponents, who think everyone and everything will run smoothly without any authority.
This statement is completely counter to my beliefs and perceptions ... I strive for effective and efficient time management, and role model that to others.
This statement:
20. If I were left to my own devices, I would make the following time management work-life balance commitments to myself, in order to enhance my professional performance:
I will keep a one-week diary to write down a simple, honest reason for when I am off-task.
I will track the lengths of my off-task periods and share this information with a co-worker who is also interested in this experiment.
I will seek the support of my spouse on this issue, and have at least one, one-hour conversation within the next two weeks.
I will refuse to concentrate on the effective use of time by others.
I will engage in brief productive, alternative but stimulating, imaginative and creative breaks on a regular basis to replace my current off-task time.
I will:
I will review my changes with a co-worker, after 60/ 90 / 120 days and document the changes we have both made.

 


 

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