Consultants and executives often ask their employees how they manage their time, and some of them may be just fine with that.
Now, a new study suggests that this type of feedback can actually improve productivity.
It’s been a tough time for workers.
The labor market is recovering and wages are growing at a robust pace.
But the unemployment rate, at 7.1 percent, is still high.
And many employers are struggling to attract and retain top talent.
A lot of these companies are also struggling with the same problems, said Steven Levitt, the director of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers.
The recession has left many workers with lower wages and a higher burden of debt.
Levitt said that workers need to get better at managing time and the way they spend their time and money.
He and others have advocated for a more “flexible” schedule for employees, but there’s no shortage of research suggesting that such a shift could increase stress and stress-induced illnesses.
If employees are not flexible enough, Levitt said, “they will not be productive.”
This research suggests that there’s a lot more that goes into managing time than just the basics like turning on the computer and reading a book.
There are some things employers can do to encourage people to work smarter and to make more time for themselves.
For example, Levinson said, they can offer more flexible schedules.
They can also make it easier to change jobs if employees want to.
The best way to encourage employees to work smart is to have a good understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, Levitan said.
Employers can do a lot of good by encouraging them to take a more proactive approach to their work and their life.