5 Ways Good Project Management Improves the Workplace

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 04 December 2019 10:29

There's a lot of buzz in the business world, especially realty, about project management and the good it can do for your bottom line. What isn't talked about as much is the good that it can do for your entire workplace. The soft skills that make up good project management play an important role in making your workplace a healthy, happy and productive environment. Here are just a few ways that good project management builds a more wholesome habitat for employees, executives and clients alike.


Almost every project can benefit from a steady hand on the tiller. Having an experienced professional in charge — someone who has a demonstrated ability to bring projects to a successful conclusion — creates a sense of stability and assurance among the people working on that project. There are certifications available for project management, and it's worth considering their value. Look at CAPM and PMP requirements to see if a certification is right for you and your business.

Clear Goal Setting

One of the first priorities for a project manager is setting clear goals and then sticking to them. Having stable, concrete goals from the start provides a solid platform and helps to combat scope creep. Scope creep is when a project's aims become broader and broader as the timeline progresses, ending with goals too large and unwieldy for the team to ever hope to achieve. Having clarity about goals early on, and then hiring a project manager who can keep the team focused on that goal, can help prevent scope creep later down the line.

Better Communication

Smooth and clear communication is a hallmark of good project management. Having a professional leading the team and setting clear goals for the project can eliminate many of the communication barriers that can plague projects both large and small. The ultimate goal here is to eliminate that problem where the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing. That means less waste, more efficiency and less stress on individuals. Lack of clear communication can create a toxic and unproductive work environment and should be avoided at all costs.

Risk Assessment

Project managers play also play an important role in assessing risk. You might think that risk assessment is something to be done in advance of big capital projects, but the truth is that you should do risk assessments periodically throughout the life cycle of your projects, no matter their size. At any point, variables may change and cause the risk assessment to change. Remember that it's better to put a halt to an expensive project partway through than see it through and find that it isn't ultimately profitable.

Less Waste

The upshot of stronger leadership, clear goals, better communication and periodic risk assessment is a reduction of waste. Better project management means less expenses fixing mistakes, or pulling in different directions, or barreling ahead on projects that aren't working. A project with good project management is a project that runs more efficiently, and a project that runs more efficiently costs less and earns more. When it comes to the workplace, less waste on projects means more bonuses, better pay and a better workplace environment overall. Knowing that projects are worth the money spent on them is satisfying for those who worked on them and contributes to the overall security and stability of the business.

A Happier Workplace

It isn't just about the bottom line. Your workplace is an important part of your life, where you spend a significant portion of your days. An unhappy workplace will cause you stress as well as your employees. Anything you can do to make your workplace happier will ultimately benefit you. Good project management can improve morale in your workplace by creating clear goals, smoothing communication and building an environment that has good productivity and relatively low risk. While there is always a danger of bad project management making things worse, implementing good project management is a no brainier. You owe it to yourself, your employees and your bottom line. 

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