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Best Practices for Managing “Lumpy” Workloads

There is a stereotype about life in the broader workforce that suggests work is monotonous, boring, and routine drudgery—being paid to do the same thing over and over and over again. While that may be relatively accurate for some gigs, it’s generally too simplistic to capture the true nature of variable workloads in most jobs.

For example, a house painter might find herself extremely busy during the warm or dry months in her area but unable to work when it’s too cold or rainy. Or a catering company may have staff running around like crazy setting up for an event but then mostly standing around with relatively little to do during the event itself.

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