Fast tasks’ delivery? Being “anxious” vs being “fast”

One of the most fundamental aspect of organizations is characterized by request to employees of fast delivery in order to achieve, with efficacy and efficiency, personal and organizations’ tasks. Clearly, the main idea is person related, so focused on personal goals; big issue is that this kind of analysis is biased by the fact that is forgotten or underestimated element of cooperation and coordination between people or teams. As said, working under pressure to achieve goals is something that characterizes nowadays organizations; this pressure, clearly depends on the individual’s personality and work attitude, but it could turn into a situation of high anxiety; without perfect pressure’s management, mistakes are around the corner.

Diapositiva1Actually it is very difficult to make a sort of pressure/workload mapping, even if good managers should recognize it and inform HR; without raising this hand, anxiety is aspect that could lead to speed up operations. It is normal that anxiety and pressure drive people to being faster but we all have to keep in mind that anxiety is not synonym of being fast. Honestly it seems so if we look at goals’ achievements with eyes of quantitative metrics; if we look at qualitative aspects, it is not the same. Specifically being fast is an individual characteristic while anxiety is a reaction ; in other terms, first one is a individual “tool” that can be always used and enables individuals to act at best; the latter is a passive mechanism that move a person only when he/she is forced to.  Then, when delivery is done with anxiety and goal has been completed, anxiety will be replaced by tiredness; in this way, if delivery has been requested for several tasks per day, it will be tricky to complete all tasks. At the contrary, real “speed” has not that kind of latency within tasks, because it is a “pure” status. Finally, as said before, anxiety leads to quantitive approach that is more subject to mistakes than real speed. I know that it is not common way to think about delivery, but if you think about it, maybe it is what happens daily in your organization. Then, do you work with anxiety or are you fast?

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