The cost of low-value tasks in dollars and time is enormous, but these calculations are rarely done. Our WhiteSpace Talent-Waste reports give business leaders clarity on these issues.
These reports are generated based on data gathered from a light self-reporting survey, blended with some data from HR, and they help us look at the reality of costs associated with busywork. In these reports, we typically see around $1,000,000 of annual waste for every fifty people in an organization.
It’s hard to be objective about your own company, so getting an outsider’s point of view, can be enlightening.
At WhiteSpace, we provide several tiers of organizational diagnostics that look through many lenses. They examine both qualitative and quantitative elements, such as the people, processes, and culture of your company. Our final report weaves together all that we have seen and heard: the stories, the interviews, the data, and the metrics.
“In factories that produce things we are scrupulous about waste, but in companies that produce thoughts, waste is everywhere.”
Without the tools needed to incorporate thoughtfulness and strategic simplification, great companies may fail to optimize the efforts of their workforces. And culture only rolls one way—downhill. That’s why time with executives is pivotal to gaining WhiteSpace.
Our private work with executives teaches leadership to develop what we call a Reductive Mindset, and allows them to begin immediately liberating their overloaded populations. Executive sessions include a WhiteSpace consultant and our CEO, Juliet Funt.
Tendencies toward busywork and overload have ties to our personalities and individual habits. Exploration there is vital to WhiteSpace success.
Our assessment, a self-administered online developmental tool, assesses an individual’s score on four WhiteSpace dimensions. Individuals will learn how they lean toward each of the four Thieves of Productivity: Drive, Excellence, Information, and Activity. Executives receive summary reports of their teams.