With layoffs come increased workloads for those left standing. At the same time, many planners are coping with shorter lead times and increased scrutiny from bosses and the public. Paul Facella, CEO of Lynbrook, N.Y.-based Inside Management, offers tips for handling extra work.
Clarify expectations. If you inherit responsibilities from a former colleague, get your boss to provide you with a detailed job description for the work.
Share accountability. Make sure to bring your boss into the loop frequently. Ask for constructive feedback while also making him or her aware of -- and jointly responsible for -- issues that might arise.
Keep to your schedule. Stick to your regular work routine. "If you allow longer hours and workplace stress to take a toll on your mental and physical health, you'll be no good to your company," Facella says.
Think just like a boss. Prove that you are indispensable. Suggest more efficient ways to do business. Put down in writing your very best ideas for cutting costs.