The last decade especially saw an avalanche of right-sizing, reorganization, and restructuring resulting from ongoing mergers and acquisitions in a broad variety of industries. Sometimes change was implemented solely in efforts to maintain financial survival rather than an attempt at growth through acquisition. Couple that with current advances now in AI and the ongoing digitization of existing processes, and you have a carnival of choices now unfolding to the workforce who are challenged with just keeping up with their day to day duties.
One of the outcomes we at Audere Partners see as a result of this constant accelerating change in organizations is an extraordinary amount of new initiatives and projects added to teams already burdened with excessive workloads. What occurs is project after project being added to internal teams who are already consumed with an absence of available hours in the workday.
A CEO recently lamented that the integration of a recent acquisition took over a year to complete by his people. He had anticipated and scheduled it for completion in three months; however, what he’d likely failed to understand was his people’s existing workload after recent downsizing within the parent organization. Internal project management efforts of the acquisition integration were likely weak at best as a result of people’s existing workloads in their day jobs.