It's corporate-speak for how much workload a particular person or department can take on.
"We don't have the bandwidth to support that project".
It's the polite way of saying "your project doesn't fit into our available time and we're NOT staying until 7 p.m. and working weekends to make it happen for you".
The reality is we all work with the same 24 hours a day and the same 7 days a week, so it's a daily decision as to how we spend those hours.
How much time for sleep?
How much time for supporting our clients?
How much family time?
How much time for our Faith?
And the segmenting goes on and on.
I'm usually pretty adept and juggling those priorities. I have to be. You can't run a dual career lifestyle and be poor at time management.
I have a few hard boundaries, but can flex outside of those requirements.
USUALLY the way things work is I don't tend to get hit with a tsunami of work simultaneously from both careers. Just like the seesaw back on the playground, life tends to tilt a little more one way than the other.
But there ARE times where the best laid plans of mice, men and engineers go awry.
This week was one of those weeks. I had time reserved for an out of town buyer, but when her schedule shifted a bit...not much, but JUST enough...I just didn't have the bandwidth to give her the service I require of myself. I'd already booked other client obligations, so I did the prudent thing. I referred that buyer to another agent in my office. Adjustments quickly made and the buyer is taken care of without damage to our reputation or our company's brand.
If we're fortunate, the agent and the buyer write a contract before the end of the weekend. That's a win-win-win for all of us.
Bandwidth limitations. It happens.
Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz