A business is only as productive as those working within it. If it takes five minutes to turn an online order into an actual request for a product to be shipped, then that is time wasted, and that time will only compound with every additional sale. Suddenly, it’s not just five minutes, but a backlog of days before your product can be sent out or a service booked in.
Productivity is everything in business, but pushing your team to work harder is not the way to achieve it. Instead, you will want to follow the strategies outlined below:
Improve the Health and Well-being of Your Team
If you want to help your employees work harder, you need to get them out of their rut. Terrible hours, poor diets, and unhealthy habits contribute to lowered cognitive function. Though you cannot control how they live their lives at home, you can improve their time at your office. Start with smart lights, air-purifying plants, and using colour therapy to boost creativity and productivity. You might also need to implement healthy schemes that encourage people to bring lunches from home, bike to work, or join a sport.
Invest in the Right Software
The best way to improve productivity — and you’ll see the benefits immediately — is to take boring admin out of the equation. Human brains are not machines. They cannot handle repetitive processes for long before the mind wanders and mistakes happen.
By using the right software you can cut out the admin and improve reporting. With admin out of the way, your employees can focus on creative solutions instead. As you grow you will want to look into Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. This tool acts as an umbrella and helps all your sub tools to communicate seamlessly together.
This also applies to you. There are a variety of management software options out there including:
01. Performance Management Software
Keep up to date with the performance of every employee with performance management software. This way you can reward hard workers appropriately and encourage a productive working atmosphere in your office.
02. Project Management Software
If you want to delegate, monitor tasks, and provide necessary support with one easy portal, then project management software is another key tool to have under your belt.
Migrate to the Cloud
If you haven’t already migrated to the Cloud, then you need to immediately. Not only does the Cloud often work out to be cheaper than managing your own on-site servers, it also means improved collaboration between team members and software alike. You can rely on SaaS instead of buying the license for every program; updates and edits can be conducted in real-time instead of through a chain of back-and-forth emails, and so much more.
When it comes to productivity, the best way to start is to simply make it faster to do the job without unnecessary hoops to jump through. Migrating and establishing your business to be conducted through the Cloud reduces those hoops.