Which is better? Fast or Slow Paced Work

August 17th, 2012

Methodical or fact paced – which is better in your business? Many companies and employees will use these words to describe their work style but what does it really mean and which is better? When evaluating between the tortoise and the hare, here are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Quality vs. Quantity. What is the more important value for your company? Are you looking for high output or minimum mistakes? Or maybe you need both. There is no right answer and the right person for the job will depend on how you envision the workflow.
  2. No such thing as multi-tasking. The human brain is not designed to do more than one thing at a time. If an individual says they can multi-task you need to be cautious about the level of quality they can produce in their work. Our brains need to focus on one thing at a time. Keep this in mind when hiring someone who claims they are masters at multi-tasking.
  3. The work never ends. Some businesses require super-fast reflexes to be able to keep up with customer demand. A more methodical worker will likely be unable to keep up with the pace and will fall behind. Keep work styles in mind when considering people for individual positions. There may even be a place for both in your organization.
  4. Ask for Honesty. It is common to ask the question “Do you prefer a fast or slow paced environment.” Almost no one answers “slow, please.” Let the job seeker know there is no wrong answer but you want to make sure they will be happy in the job. Allow the seeker to share examples of their work pace with you.
  5. Continue to reevaluate. It will be markedly noticeable when an individual does not fit into the mold of the job. If the job requires a slower pace to ensure steps are done correctly you will begin to see simple mistakes that show someone is rushing. Alternately, if the work requires a fast pace but production falls behind it will be easy to spot the break in the process. Continually evaluate your current employees to ensure they don’t begin to exhibit behaviors that are inconsistent with the expectations.

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