Oh, how frustrating it must be to feel like you’re peddling hard, yet you’re not getting anywhere. It’s like one of those dreams where you’re running but in slow-motion. You can see the destination, but at this rate, it’s going to take a million years to get there. This is a feeling that’s familiar to many business owners. You’re putting in a lot of hours as you try to make your business as profitable and successful as it can be, but progress seems to be in short supply. So what gives? If you’re putting in the hours, then it’s probably something to do with your lack of efficiency.
Simply being in the office isn’t going to do anything; it’s how effectively you work while you’re there that counts. Below, we take a look at a few essential tips that’ll put you on the right path towards productivity. While you won’t hit 100% output (no company ever does), you’ll work much better than before once you’ve incorporated the tips.
Find Your Time Wasters
Most of us just find our rhythm for working, and then let things develop. We rarely pause to think whether it really is the most effective for us to work. If it has been some time since you conducted a spot of self-analysis regarding your working setup, then do it now. You might just find that there are one or two things that are really holding you back. You’ll have been too close to the problem to realize that there was a problem at all. If you know that you’ll be unable to look at your operations critically, then hire an outside expert to do the job for you.
You could have the perfect office setup, once that pushes your team to work efficiently and productively. But all you can do is create the path; it’s up to your staff to actually walk the walk. If you’ve got unmotivated staff who don’t quite click with your culture, then you’ll be facing an uphill battle. So, first, make sure that you’re hiring the best possible players for your team. A fired-up employee who you know fits with your company will do much better than someone who just seems to make up the numbers. Once they’re on board, it’ll be on you to bring happiness and keep them motivated.
It’s all good and well having an awesome team of employees, but you’ll need to ensure that your company is making the most of their abilities. Sometimes, our star employees can end up wasting their time on those complicated and time-consuming tasks that need to be completed, but which don’t necessarily push your company forward. For these jobs, it’s best to outsource the tasks to other companies. They’ll ensure that the jobs are completed to a high standard, and will allow you and your staff to focus on the more pressing jobs.
The Right Tools
It’s always easier to achieve your goals when you have the correct tools for the job, and especially in the digital age. Technology has revolutionised the business world, making it much easier to work efficiently. But of course, it’s not just a matter of filling your office with tech: it has to be the right tech for the job. This will start with your hardware, but it’ll be your software that has the biggest impact. One mistake that companies make is that they rely on the “off the shelf” software that is available to all companies. This can be useful, but it will be less effective than software that was specifically made for the job you’re trying to do. Look at working with a company that offers custom software development, and have your own software made. You’ll find that it’s much better suited for your business when it was designed with your goals in mind.
Communication is key for all types of relationships, including those that exist in the workplace. There’s a big difference in productivity between a company that has open communication, and one that’s closed. The success of your business, after all, will depend on how well you’re all able to work together. As a leader, it’s up to you to create this culture. This will involve having the right infrastructure, such as cloud storage, Skype setups, meeting spaces, and so on, but also involves establishing the culture. It’s much easier to achieve goals when everyone knows that they can feel comfortable talking to you and their colleagues.
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Bring Your Own Devices
We’re beginning to understand more and more about how people work best. In the early days of tech, the solution was to simply give people the tools, and let them get on with it. But this doesn’t necessarily lead to more work. It does, for sure, lead to more time spent trying to figure out how to use the device. One way around this is to have a “bring your own devices” policy. You’ll give your employees a budget to buy a device, and then they’ll use that device for both personal and professional use. People work so much quicker when they’re using a device that they understand.
Modern Working Environments
We’re also understanding that the working environment has a much bigger influence on how well we work than we previously thought. If you get set up your office so that it lends itself to productivity, then you’ll see an increase in output. So what does an office that’s geared for productivity look like? It’s bright, spacious, and has touches of inspiration, such as plants and artwork. Not drab and grey, essentially.
One Project at a Time
Finally, make sure that you’re not trying to achieve too much all at once. If you have too many projects on the go, then all that’ll help is that you suffer from paralysis. We’re not as good as multitasking as we like to think. Focus your attention, and you’ll find that your company is much more efficient with its output.