Posted on: 08-07-2015


 The terms polychronic and monochronic are used to describe how we understand and use time as well as how time affects our attitudes, behaviours and communication as identified by Edward T. Hall. Take a look at this side by side comparison of the key traits of a polychronic person and a monochronic person to see which one best suits your personality.




One thing at a time

Multiple activities at once

Rigid approach to time

Flexible approach to time

Strict agenda

No strict agenda

Focus on task

Focus on relationship

Completion of job most important     

Relationships more important than the job

Emphasize promptness

Promptness based on relationships


What about the employees in your organization? Where do you think they fit in?


With insights about the working preferences of their employees – whether they are polychronic, monochronic or even something else entirely, decision makers can assist employees to make the best and most efficient use of their time – whether they choose to work on a single project from start to finish, or split up time with a variety of tasks, or otherwise - and improve business processes.


Undoubtedly, the ability to accurately manage employee performance (individuals and teams) and cost jobs properly is important to any business as it allows decision makers to measure the capacity and efficiency of your teams and employees, and make better decisions based on that.


With Mitrefinch Labour Costing you can plan tasks across multiple cost centres, compare planned tasks and budgets with those achieved, and track projects by hours, quantity, or cost.


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