Project Leaders Nurture Their Creative StaffsAug 20, 2021
Leading a project, be it a Technical CONOPS or something else entirely, often requires working collaboratively with technical staff. And that collaboration usually means helping remove frustrations in their workplace.
How are you dealing with the three buckets of “frustrations” most engineers and scientists cite as a reason for leaving a job?
1) mundane, daily frustrations
2) professional frustrations
3) management-induced frustrations
We have surveyed thousands of professionals and here are the "top frustraters" (and how to fix them). Solutions include better tools, an idea greenhouse and more discussions with users.
Read the blog post and then add your own observations and solutions there or here or both. Then tell us what we have left out!
A highly creative team can make or break a company and they require special care and feeding (literally).
1. Mundane, Daily Frustrations
These have included heavy commuting traffic lengthening the daily commute, difficulty finding a parking spot, and not having change for the soft drink machine. So managers, please encourage carpooling to ease the parking challenge and reward carpoolers with gas money.
And put healthy drinks in the soda-dispensing machines and let the company pay for them (select the “coinless” setting in the machines or buy your own machines). One firm we know did this and also keeps a large kitchen fully stocked with instant soups and other fast foods, all free to employees.
The positive impact on productivity brought about by having free energy drinks available to everyone, all day and night, is stupendous! And it lessens the effects of poor sleep and fatigue on work productivity, which is a major problem across the Western world (and maybe elsewhere). See our other blog regarding fatigue.
2. Professional Frustrations
Engineers never seem to have requirements that they can use. They always want better requirements. And your engineers do deserve the most solid requirements you can generate, blessed by the end users of the system. So make that happen.
Visit multiple users and get the system specification, contract and the requirements aligned. Use our User-Driven Stakeholder Matrix Technical CONOPS tool, available in our training classes.
Scientists, especially, seem to need better tools and equipment. This gets expensive fast but you should meet their needs whenever it makes good business sense. And do two things here: 1) tie new tools to higher output, faster analyses/studies, etc. and 2) require the scientists to triage their needs so they use those new tools/equipment to work on the most crucial requirements first.
“Take care of the people and the people will take care of the job.” - Source Unknown
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