We are interested to understand just how intense the current workload of Management Consultants really are. So we created a survey via Linked in and got the feedback of many consultants, 564 to be exact, on how many hours of work they put in as strategy consultants and transformation consultants in the industry. How many hours a week does a Management Consultant work?
The current workload of a management consultant is an interesting topic to explore. We are interested in understanding just how intense the current workload really is and what challenges you face on a day-to-day, week-to-week, or even month-to-month basis. In this blog post we will discuss the number of hours faced by management consultants and provide some tips for overcoming these obstacles!
We are hearing that the consulting firms are sold out and losing consultants to industry roles meaning those left in consulting are working longer hours to pick up the slack.
Also with consultants working from home, there tends to be no switch off time which, we are hearing, is leading to consultants working longer hours than ever before.
But what does that mean in reality?
What long hours mean to one person may be a walk in the park for another.
How many hours a week of work have you averaged over the last 12 months?
The data above says a lot. So we put together some of the common obstacles of management consultants and their advice on overcoming them.
The first obstacle is staying focused in a constantly changing environment. Managers need to stay focused while they work by creating daily schedules for themselves that include time to complete tasks at hand. By reducing distractions, managers can concentrate better on the job at hand.
Another challenge consultants often struggle with is managing people effectively – especially if you’re new in the field or have never managed people before, this might be challenging because it’s different from being an individual contributor where your co-workers do what you ask of them without questioning every step of the way.
One tip that experts have suggested is not micromanaging employees but instead communicating expectations clearly so team members understand the end goal and how they can get there themselves. If a manager is constantly second guessing an individual’s work, it may make the team member feel like their manager doesn’t have faith in them which could decrease motivation or even lead to higher turnover rates. When people are motivated at work, productivity increases which benefits not only the employee but also the organization as a whole because tasks will be completed faster therefore increasing efficiency.
We have more tips here from our different blog posts that pertains to how it is to work as a Management Consultant.