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Don't Allow Empire Building

When placed in management positions, these employees often hire more people into their respective work units than needed to help support their egos. Commonly referred to as "empire building" this is a tactic that simply cannot be allowed. Obviously adding employees that really aren't needed are a costly proposition. To avoid this practice, require managers to fully justify every position they request. Justification should come in the form of a formal request that includes a description of the position, the reasons the position is needed and an analysis of tasks required of the position with time estimates associated with the tasks. The supervisor of managers requesting additional positions should carefully scrutinize every request with an eye toward enhancing process efficiency first and careful assessment of the specific process tasks required. This will force managers to think in terms of breaking processes down into "jobs” by allocating time requirements to all tasks.

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