Your Employee is Overwhelmed: Strategy #3

Have you ever wondered how a CEO approaches this problem? Here is the third of four strategies CEO Pamela Hawley recommends. Stay tuned tomorrow for the final strategy!

Strategy #3: Hold Off

No one likes to have a crazy to-do list staring at them every day. As a manager, you must help create a balance for your employees that provides them the time necessary to complete their tasks. Allow them the satisfaction of accomplishing a task, rather than rushing frantically to the next “to do.” You might have a lot more for them to do, but hold off! Will this work for your go-getter culture? It has to. What we’re dealing with here is long-term employee satisfaction and retention. If they’re not happy, other team members will hear about it, lowering group morale. Or they might leave, a costly alternative. In essence, allow your employees to work hard, and be balanced. Otherwise you’re putting a significant dent into your company culture.

Read Pamela’s first two strategies…Strategy #1 and Strategy #2



Your Employee Is Overwhelmed: Strategy #2

Have you ever wondered how a CEO approaches this problem? Here is the second of four strategies CEO Pamela Hawley recommends. Stay tuned tomorrow for her third suggestion! Read strategy #1  or strategy #3 here!

Strategy #2: Report Up Effectively

Most employees report on their goals and achievements. We suggest having it on a daily or weekly basis. It’s not a long, onerous report. It might be updating a project management tool or a simple email that goes to their manager. At UniversalGiving we call these EODs, or End of Day Reports.

The first three steps focus on what is occurring today:

  • Section One: Priorities
  • Section Two: Activities Completed with Estimated Time
  • Section Three: Next Steps with Deadlines

These three steps are a working report that provides a basis for dialogue if they feel overloaded. Knowing how your employee views his or her priorities is important. You want to understand how the time spent on work translates into the quality of the work done. It will allow you to assess the delegation of projects to that specific employee.  The next step focuses on what is occurring in the future.

Section Four: Future Projects

This section gives an idea of the workload to come, which also helps you better manage the current duties of your employee. If you see that your employee will have a hectic month of work, distribute the work to others. Then no one burns out. The last step logs our accomplishments, reminding us of all the hard work and results we’ve attained.

Section Five: Accomplishments

The fifth section is important for morale. Finished projects are a reminder of achievements. Don’t just move on to the next thing. Have some time to appreciate and celebrate!

Your Employee Is Overwhelmed

Have you ever wondered how a CEO approaches this problem? Here is the first of four strategies CEO Pamela Hawley recommends. Stay tuned tomorrow for her second piece of advice!

Strategy #1: Ensure Their Job Description Is an Active Reference Point

Every team member should have a job description that is “active.” It’s not something they receive the first day and put away in a folder. It’s an ongoing point of discussion. It defines the deliverables that are agreed upon.

If it’s not working, you can adjust it to both parties’ satisfaction. It’s an objective, clear document from which to work.

Read strategy #2 ! Read strategy #3!

The Pamela Positive: “A Fit Soul” – Dominic Novak

“I learned that a fit body is nothing without a fit soul.”
– Dominic Novak

Dominic Novak is the President, owner and lead trainer of Peak Physique in Greenwich, Connecticut. He has been in the fitness industry, training clients, for over 25 years. He started Peak Physique, Inc in 1993, which is currently the largest personal training center on the East Coast. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Fitness from Springfield College. Dominic has trained athletes, celebrities and clients of all ages. His passion is guiding clients, helping them to reach their fitness goals with his steady persistence and tireless effort.

The Pamela Positive: Make Criticism Yield to You

“Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.”  –Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

No matter how hard it is, we have to face challenging feedback and take some step of action. It’s not easy… but the more we do it, the more we become accustomed to it.   To being honest with ourselves…and to overcoming the challenge.  We grow, we excel, and we move on, up and over it.   With that honesty, as Goethe states, “(the criticism) will gradually yield to him.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was a German writer and artist, and a leading figure in German literature.  His works include The Sorrows of Young Werther and Faust.  He was highly influential to the 19th century.

The Pamela Positive: “When You Believe Everything Is Finished…” – Louis L’Amour


“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. This will be the beginning.”
– Louis L’Amour


Louis L’Amour was an American author. He is best known for his Western fiction novels, though he also wrote historical fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short-story collections.  He was born Louis Dearborn LaMoore on March 22, 1908, the last of seven children.  He grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, a medium-sized farming community.  As he grew older, he traveled throughout the United States and abroad, in various positions including as a mine assessment worker, a professional boxer and a merchant seaman.  In the 1930s, Louis and his family settled in Oklahoma, and Louis turned his focus to writing.  He began to have success with short stories in the late ‘30s and ‘40s, beginning to sell novels in the 1950s.  Louis also served in the United States Army during World War II.  Louis ultimately wrote 89 novels and more than 250 short stories.

The Pamela Positive: “The Soul Is the Core of Your Being” – Deepak Chopra

“The soul is the core of your being. Your body is in your soul. Your mind is in your soul. The whole universe is in your soul, and your soul is part of the universal consciousness.”

– Deepak Chopra, in an interview with Oprah

Deepak Chopra is an India-born, American author and lecturer, focusing on spirituality and mind-body health.  He began his career as a doctor, before moving into alternative medicine.  He focuses on meditation and spiritual practices, and the effect of one’s thoughts and emotions on one’s physical health.  He is a prominent figure in the New Age movement, and the author of more than 65 books, including 19 New York Times bestsellers.  He has sold more than 20 million copies.  His books include The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment, and Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment.  Deepak and his wife, Rita, have been married for over 30 years, and they have two children.

Read Deepak’s full interview with Oprah here.