Mid-level manager at mining company.
Four offices located hundreds of miles apart.
Emails constantly back and forth between operators at sites.
Too much to do and nobody to do it. Everybody works in the business, nobody works on it.
Time is consumed primarily in generating reports and plans. These are communicated to state and federal regulatory agencies for compliance. Plans can take a few hours or they can take 9 months. I'm sure you are all familiar with such things.
I'm a mid-level manager. All I hear are complaints about how we just can't keep up. No guidance from Sr. Mgmt. "Just get it done." Not sure how to overcome this.
I decided to turn off email two days a week. I've been in the job a little while and essentially everything getting passed via email is really low value "Can you proof this for me?" or shit that works itself out, "NVM! I called X and it was fine." Thurs I will devote to the long-term projects I've been tasked and Fri I will devote to working on the business instead of in it. Is this stupid? Mon-Weds I can spend running around on the "urgent" and definitely unimportant.
Your feedback and guidance would be greatly appreciated.