Afternoon, half past five. And still some e-mail requests you should have answered (yesterday). Two documents on your desk to review and sign for approval. Colleagues shutting down their computers.
Six o' clock. OK, let's act upon the requests of the people in timezones ahead, and call it a day too.
What can you do to get back to an 8 hour work day again?
3 tips to decrease the number of hours you need:
✔ Get crystal clear on your clinical data management priorities
Know inside out what your primary task is in clinical data management. What is the one sentence in your job description that states the main result you've agreed to deliver?
That's where to find your work priority. The tasks you should do first. Every workday again. Because it's the main result your colleagues and clients expect and count on.
What's the summary sentence of your clinical data management role?
✔ BE up-to-date
Every workday again, BE up-to-date with your main task. Between all other requests, timelines and tasks, in any case; catch up with your main priority.
Because lagging behind with your main task is the primary cause of encountered (unexpected) data inconsistencies or other issues. Not to be underestimated!
In fact, the idea behind a job description is to assure, a specific (smaller) part of the organization's complete service, is accurately taken care of. Like clinical data management within the greater clinical research service.
The reason why lag times in any clinical research function, cause so much trouble now - up to study archiving - are lag times. Lag times, in one way or the other, negatively affect the individual team member lagging behind as well as all other team members in the whole chain.
Which people, functions, do you affect if you aren't up-to-date? (Not to forget the people at the study sites:-)).
✔ Help your team to BE(come) up-to-date
When you've landed the insight of the 'BE up-to-date' concept. E.g. via the Daily Data Date© routine. And you did catch up and are happily up-to-date, the best thing to further lower your work load (hours) is to help colleagues to BE(come) up-to-date too.
As you are part of the clinical research chain, you'll benefit from everyone that is up-to-date with his specific part of the overall clinical research job.
As a manager, the best thing you could do is to BE up-to-date upon your main tasks and manage your team to BE up-to-date on their's too. Getting crystal clear about each other's main responsibility and corresponding task(s), BE(come) up-to date with these and help each other to BE(come) - or stay - up-to-date too. You'll really get back to your 8 hour workdays then!
Met vriendelijke groet / Kind regards,
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