Our business is like a finely tuned machine once we get the hang of it. Perhaps we’re looking for ways to be more productive or we need to find ways to work faster, but when we make the goal something as arbitrary as this we may not get to the core of why the business is not doing as well.
We need to make our business work “better” but when we think that the problem is to do with speed or focus usually the problem is more complicated than that. What can we do to ensure that a business works better but by focusing on individual elements?
Improving Learning Resources
We have to remember that if our staff aren’t productive or focused, or even knowledgeable, we have to put something in place to help improve their learning resources. There are so many different ways that we can do this now, from e-learning programs or online courses like Architecting on AWS that our employees can slowly accumulate relevant skills over time. But if we think that our staff do not know enough we can’t just put in relevant courses or force them to turn up to specific workshops. It’s more about providing them with the building blocks of self-improvement. This means focusing on the culture of the organization and building it into the fabric.
Implementing the Right Tools
With productivity, we have to remember that a lot of it is to do with working smart instead of working hard. If we tell our employees to work faster or with more focus this is meaningless. Instead, giving them the right tools to ensure that they meet their goals easier is far more common sense. Look at what your business could benefit from. It could be something as simple as implementing voice dictation software so people can dictate their emails and text without having to sit at a computer. On the other hand, it could be CRM software that helps your business improve its relationship with customers. The right tools are invaluable. A lot of businesses tend to throw money at the problem rather than digging deep into finding the right tools that their business really needs.
Look at Your Budget
Throwing money at the problem is usually the solution we all think will work, but when you start to spend so much that you go over budget and your bottom line becomes impacted this is when you have to start making drastic cuts which usually tends to be in the wrong areas. Look at your budget and start to spend on the essential things; this will save you those important pennies but it will also help you to concentrate your efforts.
Go Back to the Drawing Board
If something isn’t working you must go back to your business plan and your core values to see if you lost your way somewhere. Heading back to the drawing board and getting an understanding of where you went wrong can help put things right again. If you start to believe that your business needs more focus or your employees have to work faster you aren’t looking at it the right way.