Our work is based on following deadlines. We have a deadline to follow, whether we are finishing a report in school or workplace. But is a deadline good or a bad thing? Is the most important thing to complete a job or do a good job? Managers from all over the world would probably say that both matters equally. Still, we as humans are designed to make mistakes, but we tend to make more mistakes when rushing to complete work on deadline. Especially since working on a tight deadline for many of us means completing work at the last minute.
Natarajan Balasubramanian, associate professor of management at the Whitman School of Management, together with his co-authors researched deadlines and their impact on workflow and work quality. This new research from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University suggests that we tend to make more mistakes and do a poor job when we have deadlines.
New findings suggest that managers should have a better understanding of the negative effects deadlines have on a work quality. Still, deadlines are not going anywhere and it’s crucial to learn how to manage deadlines for any type of work we do.
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija