Employees are either polychronic or monochronic, and it’s up to decision makers responsible for workplace productivity to assist their staff make the best use of their time.

The terms polychronic and monochronic refer to how individuals understand and use time, as well as how time affects attitudes, behaviours and communication as identified by Edward T. Hall.

For instance, a monochronic person takes up one activity or task at a time, has a rigid approach to time, follows a strict agenda, is focussed on the task at hand, prioritises the completion of the job, and emphasises promptness.

A polychronic person, on the other hand, chooses to take up multiple activities at once, has a flexible approach to time and no particular agenda, is more focussed on relationships, prioritises relationships over the job, and exhibits promptness based on relationships.

A comparison of the working preferences of employees against key traits of polychronic and monochronic persons will help decision makers assist staff with maximising the use of their time at the workplace to generate successful outcomes, regardless of whether they choose to work on a single project from start to finish, or split up time with a variety of tasks.

The ability to accurately manage employee performance across individuals and teams, and cost jobs properly is important to any business as it allows decision makers to measure the capacity and efficiency of their workforce and achieve better decisions.

Mitrefinch Labour Costing helps managers plan tasks across multiple cost centres, compare planned tasks and budgets with outcomes, and track projects by time, quantity, or cost.