Politics and Business
Increasing Your Business’ Productivity
If you’re a business owner, you’re probably facing pretty tough times right now. Very few of us were prepared for the rapid spread of coronavirus and the social distancing measures that have been implemented to slow its spread. However, if you’re lucky enough that your business can still operate during these times, it’s absolutely essential that you focus on productivity. Consumers are becoming more wary when it comes to what they’re spending their money on – often saving their income for essential items only – so you and your team are going to have to work extra hard to make sales. Many staff members will also not be used to working from home, so you’ll have to make sure that they settle into their new way of working and still undertake work with the same amount of effort as they would in the office. Here are a few different things you can do to try to make sure your business remains as productive as possible during these difficult times.
Set Your Staff KPIs and Targets
First things first, set your staff KPIs (or “key performance indicators”) and targets. These will ensure that your staff continue to work hard without the presence of a manager or others over their shoulders checking what they’re doing. Setting a target will ensure that even if staff do take more breaks than they let on, they will still produce the work that you need. Make sure that the goals are reasonable and achievable. If your staff already had these in place, they may need to be adjusted to accommodate the drop in consumerism during these times.
Invest in the Right Software
Software can make a huge difference when it comes to productivity. Every day, new apps and programes are being developed to simplify common workplace processes, reducing the amount of time it takes to complete routine tasks and increasing the amount of time your staff have to work on other projects. Intelligent software like multi-media metadata extraction can save huge amounts of time! You may also want to consider software that aids remote working, increasing communication between remote teams and ensuring everyone can still join in conference calls and meetings. Microsoft Teams tends to be a firm favorite amongst many employers, as it combines high quality instant messaging and video call software!
Have a Focus or a Mission
You need to know where your business is going. This is a great piece of advice for any time, but it’s particularly important now, where your original plans for the year may have been blown out of the water by the pandemic. Reassess your situation and reevaluate what’s most important to your business. Do you need to simply stay afloat? Do you need to make sure you maintain good bonds with your customers? Do you need to prepare for potential competitors emerging once the marketplace opens back up to normal? Scope out the future and prepare for it!
Productivity really is key when it comes to helping your business through these tough times. So, prioritize it! Hopefully, the above steps should help get you started in the right direction!