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Productivity Pitfalls: Is Your Business Running As Smoothly As It Could Be?

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Managing a business is no mean feat. Once you take on the mantle of business owner, you assume a whole host of responsibilities. Your main aim will be to make money, but to achieve this, you’ve got to ensure that your business is working like a well-oiled machine. If even one cog is slightly rusty, this can knock you off kilter. If you’re not quite where you want to be, and you think your company could and should be more productive, here are some suggestions that may prove useful.

Being the best boss

Leading a team of people comes naturally to some, but it’s not everyone’s forte. To manage a business successfully, you need to be able to lead from the front. Set a good example, communicate with your employees, and ensure that everyone knows their roles. A lack of direction can cause people to feel confused, and it can delay processes and outcomes. If you’ve got targets, make them clear and ensure that every individual knows what they’re doing on a daily basis. If you’re not comfortable with managing people or you have a large number of employees, delegate tasks to senior members of staff or consider taking steps to develop your skills, like undertaking training. Use feedback from your employees to improve the way you work and eliminate obstacles that could be holding the business back.

Ironing out technical hitches

Most modern businesses are reliant on technology of some sort. Even if you’re confident that you’ve invested in the best kit, there is always a risk that things won’t go to plan. If you don’t have an IT support team on-site, it’s worth looking at outsourcing technical support or getting in touch with firms that provide advice about computer networking for small businesses and help if your server is down or your staff encounters difficulties accessing programs. If you know that you’ve got help available, this will reduce the risk of downtime and minimise the impact if there are issues.

Keeping your employees happy

It stands to reason that if you’re happy at work, you’re going to make more of an effort. Keeping your team on side should be a priority, as this leads to increased productivity. Make sure your employees aren’t overworked, try and eliminate common causes of workplace stress, and let people know that they can come to you if they are struggling or they’re experiencing problems at work. Encourage development and progression, and ensure that your employees feel valued. If they’re giving you everything, and you’re giving nothing in return, they’re bound to lose interest and productivity levels will fall. Set up a reward scheme, organise some fun team-building activities and celebrate together when you reach milestones or hit targets.

To make a business successful, you have to generate profits and to do this it pays to be as productive as possible. If you can work efficiently, you’ll save time and money. If your business isn’t operating as smoothly as it could, take these tips on board, and hopefully, you’ll notice a positive difference.

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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