How can your business accomplish more with its current staff?
By optimizing the resources you already have and incorporating new systems that help you get more tasks accomplished in less time, you can substantially boost the productivity of your business – and greater productivity leads to greater profit.
Here are five productivity tips to help you run a more profitable business.
1. Automate your systems
How much time do you and your staff spend managing company information? For example, are you still using manual data collection methods? Imagine if you could instead use all of those hours to set your company apart from your competition and drive your profits up.
Field data collection software and similar automation systems help buy you that time. By migrating to a digital system, you take an essential step towards improving your operating efficiency. Plus, you and your team will be able to spend more time using your unique skill sets to do the jobs you were hired to do, instead of performing tedious tasks that can easily be handled without human resources, which promotes company morale.
2. Be flexible
Creating a happy workplace is good for business. In fact, a study conducted by Harvard University/MIT found that happy employees are absent less often, get sick less often, and are nine times as loyal, 31% more productive, and 55% more creative – all of which leads to greater productivity.
Now, more than ever, employees value their freedom. Offering flexible working hours, remote work options, and more vacation time are three ways you can demonstrate your interest in their happiness while improve efficiency.
3. Use project management software
Project management software systems enable you to monitor employee files and workloads. They also facilitate communication, making it easier for you to connect with team members regularly and effectively so that you can stay on top of projects, individual tasks, and long-term goals.
Of course, that’s not to suggest that you should never meet in person. Even with an active project management software system in place, you’ll want to bring your team together a couple of times a week to discuss tasks and challenges and find effective solutions in the event unforeseen circumstances arise.
4. Support employee growth
Your employees are your most valuable asset. Treat them as such and they will each contribute to the success of your business in their own unique ways. Neglect them, however, and the opposite will be true.
As human beings, we tend to be far more productive when we are truly engaged in what we are doing. How can you get your employees to engage more? By investing your company’s time and resources in their personal and professional development.
When you give your staff the tools to grow and succeed professionally, you demonstrate through your actions that they are an important part of your organization. This makes them feel more valued, which is key to employee retention.
5. Provide an uplifting work environment
Nothing kills creativity and motivation quite like a soulless office. Look around your workspace. Is it dull, dark, and uninspiring? If so, it’s probably time for a facelift.
Look for ways to make it bright, airy, colorful and cheerful. Inject some personality into your space. You’ll be amazed at the influence a happy work environment can have on employee morale, and ultimately, productivity and profitability.
What steps will you take to increase productivity?
Implementing workflow software, taking steps to improve morale, and offering employee development initiatives are just a few ways that you can create a happier team that’s ready to embrace any project of any size with enthusiasm and engagement.
If you’re interested in implementing a process automation system to support data collection operations in the field, reach out to Coral. We’re here to help.