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By Adriaan.deBeer ·
Is it possible control/manage unreasonable deadlines? How?

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by jesalyer In reply to unreasonable deadlines

Approach it this way:

1. Notify the assigning manager that you have insufficient resources to perform the task by the assigned deadline.

2. Ask which of several other projects can be delayed to set priority on this new assignment.

3. Request additional assisstance, is available.

4. Specify earliest possible completion date.

5. Following these negotiations, work like a demon on this project to avoid the appearance of sandbagging.

jeff s
spanish helpdesk specialist

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by Adriaan.deBeer In reply to unreasonable deadlines
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by Cooger In reply to unreasonable deadlines

This is quite a dilemma, and quite an awkward situation. Well, if these deadlines are one-offs then a chat with the superior concerned should iron things out (even though you still have to get the work done!). In cases where these deadlines are the rule rather than the exception, one idea would be to estimate the number of hours you need to complete each task then go to the manager, discuss them with him and ask him to prioritise the jobs. Following prioritisation, highlight the fact that due to his prioritisation, the following jobs might not make it....then list the jobs!

There's no silver bullet for this one, but the above idea has worked on a number of occasions. Good luck!

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