One of the biggest challenges in running a small business is balancing the workload of your employees. Your employees are your most valuable asset. Making sure they are not overbooked and matching them up with projects and tasks that fit is a constant struggle. Dovico takes a lot of the guesswork out of resource allocation with Employee Workload.

Employee available hours now and in the future.

So, back to the title of this blog post: why are my employees not hitting targets? There are many reasons why employees miss critical finish dates; one of the biggest reason is overallocation.

When an employee is overbooked on too many tasks or is booked during time off, it can cause a lot of stress and can lead to burnout. Deep down, employees want to work at their most optimal pace, just as you, the manager, want them to. With Dovico’s Employee Workload, you can quickly achieve that balance and avoid employee burnout.

Why is James overbooked? Take a quick look and see that he is assigned to three tasks eating up all of his available hours.

Balance time availability versus needs

In Employee Workload, you can visually see what assigned tasks employees are working on and for how long and for how many hours. At the time of the assignment, it will tell you if your employee is overallocated and how many hours they have left. You no longer have to assume an employee has the spare time to work, you now know.

With set hourly budgets and start/end dates, match employees to projects that fit their availability. Not only can you see what assigned projects and tasks employees are on, but you also can foresee time-off requests so that you don’t mistakenly assign an employee during their vacation or other important leave.

Here are your tasks, complete with hour budget and start/end dates.
Assigning employees to tasks, complete with available free hours and budgeted task hours.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Having Employee Workload is advantageous when taking on new projects. With up-to-the-minute availability information at your fingertips, you will know how much employee time you have before taking on new projects. Do you need additional resources? Maybe. You will have a better understanding of this need when you know all of your resources are working optimally.

With adequately balanced workloads, employees will become more productive, less burned out and in time, increase their workload availability. Taking on new projects will no longer be a crapshoot of expectation versus reality.

Learn more about how Employee Workload can help you achieve success!


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About the Author

Jeff Nagle is Dovico's blog contributor and digital marketer. What started as a hobby, writing content has now become Jeff's full-time career. At Dovico, he began as a software developer, then moved to customer support and custom report writing, and now, he's helping get Dovico's word out. When Jeff's not in his office writing, he’s sweating it out at the gym, reading a captivating biography, or training for a marathon.



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