BLUF: Is it realistic to expect your team to meet deadlines set for an overwhelming amount of priorities? How do you manage expectations and your folks faced with that?
Four months ago several departments that mirror my own in sister divisions went through layoffs. My team must now do the work for the whole business. Essentially, one department doing the work of three, to put it in terms of actual numbers we went from 60 employees across three divisions to 20 centralized.
The internal customers that they once served and that we now serve are unwilling to adjust timelines, deadlines or deliverables. And I am now faced with a very large, (in my experience) amount of priorities both in short and long terms.
Realizing that the economy is what it is, I can’t be the only manager to have face this. Which is why I am reaching out for advice. On a daily basis I have to explain missed deadlines and my team’s morale has dropped significantly. I simply don’t have the staff to handle the additional workload.
Thank you for your assistance, any advice is appreciated,