Time Management in the Workplace; Man Your Battle Station Reply

“Man Your Battle Stations!!!”…Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but the workplace presents a multitude of difficult and time consuming challenges.  In turn, through better personal organization and proper planning, improved time management can be achieved in the workplace.

Organization

It’s easy to get disorganized and we often have little trouble rationalizing why it happened.  In fact, organization, or lack of, is one of the biggest critical factors in ineffective time management.  When you start your day at the office, take an extra 5 minutes to organize your workspace.  Desk organizers are a great investment; they range from organizing simple items such as pens and pencils, to advanced stackable document devices.  Calendars, day-planners, and check lists are some other simple, easy, and effective tools to improve your workplace organization. Check out Productivity501.com, 12 Tips for an Organized Desk, for some other great and helpful tips.

Planning

Prepare your office or workspace with items such as white out, tape, staplers, extra paper, ect. Remember, it’s not a hassle until you don’t have it and finding such items can be very time consuming.

Always plan for the unexpected.  Save electronic documents; it seems simple enough, but we often get lost in our personal thoughts and the task at hand.  If you’re working on a large or in-depth document, save multiple drafts of the document instead of consecutively saving the same document.   This method can help reduce formatting problems, the ability to integrate alternate options & the adaptation of new items, and the ability to view the document through its multiple stages.

Distractions

“Workplace distractions cost U.S. business some $650 billion a year” (Businessweek). Accordingly, it’s not just business that is adversely effected; it has an instrumental impact on time management.   Distractions come in all shapes and forms, from co-workers, to technology, to the internet.  In turn, internet usage is one of the easiest ways to lose time, but also the easiest distraction to manage. Set time constraints on internet usage if needed and constantly asses if you are working on the task at hand.  Ultimately, be aware of distractions and try limit when possible.

2011; America’s top 5 Environmental Performing Public Companies 2

Newsweek recently revealed its Green Rankings 2011, a list ranking 500 of America’s largest public companies on environmental performance. They teamed up with two of the leading environmental research firms, Trucost and Sustainalytics, to compare the actual environmental footprints, management, and reporting practices of America’s public companies (Newsweek). Can you guess who ranked in the top 5?

Well, before we start let’s take a quick look at what the data represents:

Green Score:

This score is derived from the three component scores: an Environmental Impact Score, an Environmental Management Score, and an Environmental Disclosure Score; weighted at 45 percent, 45 percent, and 10 percent (Newsweek).

Environmental Impact Score:

Based on data compiled by Trucost, this is a comprehensive, quantitative, and standardized measurement of the overall environmental impact of a company’s global operations.  Each company’s footprint was based on 750 metrics including greenhouse gas emissions, water-use and waste disposal (Newsweek).

Environmental Management Score:

Based on an analysis of companies tracked in Sustainalytics’ Global Platform, the Environmental Management Score is an assessment of how a company manages its environmental performance through policies, programs, targets, certifications, controversies, and the like (Newsweek).

Environmental Disclosure Score:

Debuting this year, the environmental disclosure was included as a stand-alone score assessing each company’s transparency with regard to its environmental performance.  This score includes key transparency initiatives like the Carbon Disclosure Project (Newsweek).

2011; America’s top 5 Environmental Performing Public Companies

Bringing in the top spot for 2011 was IBM with an overall 82.5 green score.  They scored 78.8 in environment impact, 86.2 in environment management, and an 83 in environmental disclosure. IBM’s foundation for green success can be found in their strong corporate responsibility, sustainability stance, and overall positioning on environmental affairs.

Hewlett-Packard came in second, scoring a 75.8 overall green score–nearly 7 points behind IBM.  Much of HP’s foundation for green success can be found in their application of life-cycle management techniques.  Sprint Nextel ranked third, Baxter  ranked fourth, and Dell finished in the top five spot.  Each company had an overall green score in the mid-low 70’s. Referring back to my earlier post, Balance Your Business Scorecard,  as active stakeholders, we must evaluate  environmental performance and support & reward green companies. Choosing corporately responsible companies ensures not only the health of our environment, but also the health of our economy.

Sources & Addition Information: 

IBM

Corporate Register info@corporateregister.com

Newsweek

  • Greenrankings2011@newsweek.com

Sustainalytics

Trucost

  • GreenRankings@trucost.com