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Signs You Should Worry: Staff

Instinct is not a rule to manage by, but it can be a dangerous thing to ignore. It is a rare project that goes wrong without any warning at all. Seemingly random signs can be easier to understand if you use a template to see how they fit into a pattern.

The project staff usually react when a project is in trouble and poor morale is rarely difficult to spot. Here are some signs that your project team and project manager might need help.  

Attitudes

  • No urgency about milestones or project completion
  • No sense of ownership
  • Team members come late and leave early
  • Team members take long breaks
  • Team members disagree openly in front of others

Key Team Members

  • Key team member leaves project
  • No overlap between or backup for key team members

Staffing / Leadership

  • Excessive turnover
  • Frequent staff role changes
  • No common view of project scope
  • Resource or training gaps

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