Doing more does not necessarily mean doing better. By boosting your business productivity, you will achieve better business results. A business that is productive is the one that stands out in today’s competitive business environment. Companies that will most likely succeed in the long run are those that can get the best from every employee with a limited amount of resources.
Here is what you can do to boost your Business Productivity
1. Manage Your Time Better
Have you ever heard of the Pareto Principle? Vilfredo Pareto noted that the 80/20 distribution happens frequently, and according to it, 20% of your daily work produces 80% of results. Thus, the greatest part of the total amount of effort we put into our work has a minimal effect on our business productivity. Thus, you should manage your time better by:
- Forming a clear vision of your goals, so you can prioritize your activities more easily.
- Separating active and reactive work. Reactive work can be delegated once you master it, enabling you to commit more to active work (work on business growth).
- Knowing when to automate and delegate certain time-consuming tasks. Spend 5 minutes today thinking about how you performed your work, so you could know how to improve and do them faster and better tomorrow.
- Testing before optimizing. You have some new ideas, but you do not know whether they will do well in the ever-changing market. Devise a prototype and test it, before you spend your money and time on its production. When you ensure that the audience response can actually cover your effort, then you should fully commit to the idea.
2. Flexible Working Hours
Have fixed goals, but flexible approaches. It adds up to your employee happiness, and a happy employee is the most productive and committed one. Test this work approach first for one month, so to see whether it has some benefits, before offering flexible work hours to your working staff. If it works, expand it a longer time period, but be sure to set up an analytics model, so you can know whether the overall business productivity has increased or not. Let your employees know that you will be measuring their productivity, and for what purpose. Also, convey the results to them.
3. Empower Your Employees
By allowing them, more flexibility in solving problems will free up managers and supervisors to deal with more important and critical tasks. Your employees should, thus, receive proper training that will enable them to properly perform their jobs. Educating your working staff is important and can be achieved through various business productivity improvement programs.
You can empower the business with double profit just by adopting simple employee engagement activities
4. Use All The Technology Available
New tools and apps, constructed to help you perform your job tasks easier and quicker, are created every day. Are you using everything that is available to you? If not, know that you can improve your organizing, time-tracking, customer service, marketing, and the last but not least – communication processes. Start introducing these great tools gradually, one by one, so your employees can get used to them.
5. On-Work Internet Use
It does not necessarily mean that the use of the internet must decrease one’s productivity. Look at the other side of the story, the internet is definitely a huge source of valuable resources and information. There were unproductive workers long before the internet, and it all depends on how they use it. Your workers also use it for online collaboration, and for conducting research. Try not to over-restrict your employees’ internet use. Also, social media today are valuable for online marketing, and with more tasks being related to their use, some say that the use of social networks can even improve one’s productivity.