By focusing only on high-value, administrative activities closely tied to organizational or departmental objectives, in-house counsel capitalizes on his or her legal training, driving a better informed and more expeditious result, and frees him or herself from the burden of low-value administrivia
, thereby "creating" more time for purely legal work.
The desktop manager, however, is convinced that performing efficiently in all manner of administrivia
can mask inadequate people management.
"If we're spending less time on the 'administrivia
' end of things," he adds, "then there's more time and energy going into teaching and learning and student achievement."
Many of the mundane operations that once relegated the HR director to being a custodian of such administrivia
as defined contribution and benefits administration, health ant welfare benefits, and relocation services can now be outsourced, freeing up time to concentrate on strategic functions, such as recruiting and retaining talent, training and development, organization design and execution.
On the one hand, we have the picture of the overworked, underpaid and undervalued victim principal hemmed in by administrivia
and subject to sudden death accountabilities.
These two issues are salary and the day to day stress of dealing with students, 'administrivia
' and staying positive and balanced.
* Fulfill their oversight responsibilities without becoming mired in "administrivia
One reason is that regulatory policy always gives rise to a tension between the need to protect and the desire to improve flexibility and reduce the costs and burden of "administrivia
." For example, how specific should regulations be concerning the number and skills of staff, their training, their relationships with referring professionals, their handling of pharmaceuticals, their physical plans, the food they serve and so on?
By making connections, and by being in the unique position to act on those connections, customer-obsessed Web teams can help employees spend less time with "administrivia
" and more time delighting their customers.
Whatever the outcome, the issues for the defense industrial base are fairly constant: The need to maintain and increase R&D, the need for continued prototyping and fielding of advanced capability systems, the need to maintain competition, the need to continue rational consolidation in the interest of efficiency and the survival of critical industrial capability, the need to advocate and maintain adequate levels of profitability in the industrial base, a rededication to acquisition reform and a continued search for better balancing of responsibilities between the private sector and government through better partnering, outsourcing and privatization-with models that stress innovation over process and "administrivia
These days, the best volunteers--those all-important thought leaders--demand more than dog-and-pony shows and endless discussions of "administrivia
." They will only contribute their expertise if they have an opportunity to truly make a difference.
Every option of every step gets at least a sentence or two, from "administrivia
" such as labeling and annotating manuscripts and correspondence and organizing and packaging materials for filing, to procedures for handling, for example, conflicting reviews, uncomplimentary author responses to reviews, and the offering of choices based on editorial decisions.