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sindhupriyapulagam
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Changing positions is very often in any project but task is always taken care of either by appointing a new employee in that position or by replacing with a member from the existing team. Prior training is given to the new employee to finish the task successfully. The work is also split between the existing team members if there is not enough time for the new person to get trained in a position. 

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Posted : 18/04/2021 11:02 pm
jmbellanich
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If someone on the project team was no longer able to perform a critical task for the project, it will require a change to the original project schedule. To make sure that the delay is not too large, the options would be to find someone internally to complete the task, redefine the project schedule such that task is no longer critical, or you might have to find someone externally if no one else in your organization to complete the task. In any of these cases, the preservation of the project time will have a large financial cost.

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Posted : 18/04/2021 11:26 pm
sin3
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One way to tackle a loss of an employee in a project is to delegate that task to other employees who may have performed a similar task in the past, until a replacement is found. Transferring an employee’s workload to one employee can be very overwhelming, and very stressful without looking for a replacement shortly after. To delegate an employees tasks to various other employees (depending on the type of organization) can help get a particular critical task accomplished. However, depending on the organization type, one way to tackle such a challenge is to train team members to perform each others roles. That way, if something unfortunate comes up, like a resignation, the other respective team members can pick up where they left off. This would ultimately prevent such challenges in a project and prevent great delays to a project.

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Posted : 19/04/2021 12:11 am
djwhitemsm-edu
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Say that someone on your project team changes positions to a different job so that you no longer have said person to perform a critical task for the project. His or her assigned task not being done can greatly slow down the pace of the project so what are ways to manage it so that as little time as possible is added to the project timeline

The best way to handle a scenario where there is a newly vacant spot with accompanying responsibilities on the project team is to split the work load among the remaining group members. This allows the tasks that need to be done to continue being done in a timely fashion. This method can also help team bonding and can be a great way to stay on a time schedule while looking for a replacement for the vacant position. Another way to handle this would be to take into account if there are any areas in within the team that can be changed or removed to increase overall efficiency. 

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Posted : 19/04/2021 2:33 pm
delany
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This is a very interesting predicament. If I were in this situation as a Project Manager, I would quickly find a replacement. In cases such as these, while it is unfortunate to lose a member, one must keep moving so as not to slow down the pace of the project. I would be happy that said member found an opportunity that suits his or her lifestyle and, since there is no need in crying over spilled milk and prolonging the situation, I would have to move swiftly with the replacement. In the mean time of finding someone else, I would ask that other members pull together to help pick up the slack so as not to fall too far behind schedule. Life happens however, it is our reactions that ultimately determine the outcome! 

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Posted : 19/04/2021 9:20 pm
ssbufford
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If my team was to have a team member switch to a new role during the middle of a project first thing I would do as a team member myself is evaluate how this member changing positions will affect my ability to complete more portion of the project. Then I would reflect on how it affects the team’s overall production. We are aware that if this task not done then it will slow down the pace of the project possibly skewing the project timeline. Well, if it was done that means it had to be approved by the PM so I would expect the PM to provide guidance as to what we are to do as a team and how we will cover down. Other team members should not be responsible for making the decision of how to adjust fire, that is on the shoulders of the Team Leader, that is WHY they are the Team Leader/PM.  As a team member if I am requested to adjust my current position to support the loss of the other position if I feel I am capable of successfully completing the task then I will, however, if I am not confident, I would immediately speak up to be fair to the PM and voice my concerns and grievances to them give them time to seek other options.

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Posted : 21/04/2021 12:29 am
kbentleymsm-edu
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Posted by: @nakimw

Say that someone on your project team changes positions to a different job so that you no longer have said person to perform a critical task for the project. His or her assigned task not being done can greatly slow down the pace of the project so what are ways to manage it so that as little time as possible is added to the project timeline

In particular I think it would be important to have members on the team who have capabilities to work in various capacities.  Although some individuals may be proficient in a particular area, those same individuals may also have other abilities.  Given that people have various abilities and I would plan to have people in position who can fill in when needed, I would utilize those who I feel would be best able to pick up the slack.  As a secondary approach I would explore my network to fill the position.  

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Posted : 21/04/2021 7:25 pm
srome@msm.edu
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If a team member leaves before a project is over, there are few ways for the team to continue to move forward. The first option would be to assign someone cross-trained to the task since different parts of the project do not necessarily have the same timeline. This situation would have also be accounted for in the initial plan. If the individual who left the position is essential to completing the project on time, there would already be someone designated as a replacement.

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Posted : 25/04/2021 1:37 am
ashabazz
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Posted by: @nakimw

Say that someone on your project team changes positions to a different job so that you no longer have said person to perform a critical task for the project. His or her assigned task not being done can greatly slow down the pace of the project so what are ways to manage it so that as little time as possible is added to the project timeline

This may be why cross training employees on all tasks toward the beginning of a project is so important. Having someone that can temporarily pick up the drop tasks until the position can be refilled may be a great way to address this risk. The project may still be slowed, but the tasks arent at a complete standstill. I would even suggest compensating the person that's picking up the extra work with sufficient enough for the work they're able to additionally output

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Posted : 25/04/2021 11:13 am
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