When I notice team members watching the clock waiting for the time when they can go home, I know it’s a problem.
It’s not that I want people to be working longer and harder than they need to.
But ideally, we want people to enjoy what they do and feel motivated to achieve it, to the point that they feel accountable and take more ownership.
This might mean working longer to finish something important one day, and leaving earlier the next. After all, it should be about outcomes, not hours.
In this episode, I look at some of the common reasons for clock watching, and some ideas to help you solve it.
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