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Oncken and Wass use the monkey analogy to refer to a problem in the work environment. The monkey is transferable, therefore anytime a subordinate wants to “run something past you” the monkey leaps onto your back. When the monkey is on the manager’s back, the manager is in subordinate-imposed time. Subordinate-imposed time is when you are working for the subordinate. Subordinate-imposed time causes the manager to take on problems, rather than helping the subordinate to solve the problem themselves. This then, prevents the subordinate from growing and developing their own social skills. By simply solving everyone’s problem, the manager robs the subordinate of a very important skill, conflict resolution. Some employees also want to transfer the monkey to the manager when they lack the proper desire or motivation to complete a given task. By taking on too many monkeys, the manager is left with little time to complete their own responsibilities. It is very important to reduce the stresses of self-posed time and give the manager more discretionary time. From my own work experience, I know I have taken on many monkeys. There are several ways to return the monkey to their original owners and return back to the manager’s self-imposed time. The most important action in my opinion would be the manager scheduling an appointment with their subordinates. The meeting will allow the manager to put the monkey on the desk between them. The meeting also allows you and the subordinate to figure out the next move together. I have had meeting with my subordinates before, the meetings will satisfy your subordinate and return the monkey back to them for proper care and feeding. However, it is important that the manager conducts the meeting so the subordinate knows the monkey will be leaving with them. There are 5 important rule for the proper care and feeding of the monkeys. Rule #5 states, “Every monkey should have an assigned feeding time.” It is important to have a scheduled appointment. However, the appointment should never be made vague or unclear. If the appointment time is not set at a particular time, the monkey will continue to grow from neglect. Then, the monkey returns to the manager because the monkey or the problem has gotten out of control. It is important to understand your value of time in the workplace. It is important to enlarge your discretization time by reducing your subordinate self-impose time because it allows you to observe your subordinates and determine whether they have the proper level of initiative and apply it to the tasks at hand. As a leader, it is important to help your employees. However, in my opinion, it is even more important to help them understand how to resolve their issues themselves.
Boss imposed-time are activities you must accomplish or else you will suffer the consequences. These task are often delegated to you from the authority figures of your organization. In order to properly feed the monkeys during boss-imposed time, I would set my priorities and stick to them. Being time efficient is very important in these types of situations. As the manager, people consider you an expert and believe you can accomplish anything. Therefore, there will be much demand for your time. I would suggest that you set up a meeting with your boss on a regular basis. This allows you to plan ahead and structure your time accordingly. This allows you to reduce the pressure of boss-imposed time and also gives you time to help feed your subordinates’ monkeys.…...

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