The Circumference Approach…
What is Full Time?

by Peter Lehman | May 02, 2016 | Business Strategy

It is said that the amount of time required to complete a task will increase with the amount of time given to do that task. So, what is full time? Is it 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year or is it an outcome (I finished what I was asked to finish, got the desired result, in the time we agreed it would take and now, I am ready to do more).

There are many kinds of jobs that are absolutely required in order for organizations to run smoothly. Many of those jobs are outcomes based. But, organizations using traditional staffing methods make them time based (full time). As a result, and every organization has this challenge, you can walk through many offices and see people being under utilized. Or, put another way, a role that is paid for 40 hours a week only takes 2 hours a day to complete but because 40 hours have been set aside for the role the organization makes it appear like that’s the time it takes. Organizations have almost unlimited ways to make it look like the job takes the time they have set aside for it but the reality is people get paid for not doing something. Even worse, many organizations are overpaying for many roles, by exceptional amounts of money, without realizing it.

It is becoming increasingly important for organizations in the business of making a profit to understand the difference between full time in the traditional sense and full time as an outcome. Why? Because, organizations need to use their most valuable asset, their people, more wisely. By doing that they become more efficient (competitive operationally) while at the same time improve their bottom line and enhance their sustainability.

Using the Circumference Approach™ Circumference enables their clients to improve their efficiency and productivity at a lower cost with reduced risk and without the need to increase permanent staff.

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