Award winning program helps save time and money in tough economic times

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It's a common theme around the area as the economy is still hurting: having to do more, with less.

Now, an award-winning program at UW-Stout is offering a way for people to stay efficient at home and at work.

Students and professionals were hard at work on UW-Stout's campus on Thursday. And thanks to "job logs" they're accomplishing more tasks than ever.

"It helps me prioritize what i have to do in a day," Research Technician Joshua Hachmeister said.

"If we would've had these logs at my old job, everything would've been more efficient, more smooth and everybody would've known what they needed to do," UW-Stout Graduate Student Jennifer Mans said.

The "job logs” are part of the "Doing More with Less Time" program. They lay out exactly what projects need to get done, who can do them and how important they are.

"If you look at the costs that it takes us to pay the students and professional staff that has not changed over time, but the amount that we have accomplished has so that's reduced the overall costs for a project," Director of Budget, Planning and Analysis at UW-Stout, Meridith Wentz explained.

Wentz says this program is a solution to a common problem these days: more work and fewer people. She says it helped her department increase productivity by 75%.

"We have other offices on campus that we know are already implementing these kinds of logs. We're even finding that some of the students in our office are implementing the log just to manage their own tasks for school," Wentz said.

It's a program that's helping with heavy workloads and it's creators say it's an easy way to keep an efficient "to-do list."

"It is something that's easy to do. It doesn't require any complicated training, any complicated software or any money to purchase anything so it could be useful to pretty much anyone," Wentz added.

"Everything is laid out. Everything is clear. There's no misunderstandings," Mans said.

Wentz says the program has helped reduce her department's staff costs by more than 35%. The program recently won an award from the CACUBO, Central Association of College and University Officers.

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