How to Motivate Your Team When Higher-Ups Keep Changing Your Schedule

The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day, of which seventy percent have
nothing to do with work.
–W. Edwards Deming

It would irritate anyone. Your team has an assignment, and everyone has a strategy on how to proceed. Then, changes happen. Upper management keeps shifting the deadline, causing everyone involved to feel stress. Or perhaps your organization is in a state of flux, where work schedules, building protocols, and breaks are continually changing. If you’re in charge of a group of people, you feel their stress. While you empathize with them, you’re also responsible for keeping them focused and productive. Here’s how to effectively lead–even as schedules change.