Be honest – how organised is your business? There are a lot of companies and organisations out there that are losing money on a daily basis, simply because they don’t have a handle on time, efficiency, and workplace clutter. And some companies even end up folding because the level of disorganisation has driven them to ruin. So, if you are concerned that you need to sharpen – and tidy – up your act, read on. Here are some organisation tips for the most disorganised businesses.
Cluttered workspace, cluttered minds:
Statistics suggest that the average employee spends a minimum of one hour a day just looking for things. That’s an astonishing amount of time, and don’t forget, it’s also per employee. So, if you hire seven or eight people in your business, that’s a whole working day – every day of the week – lost to finding stuff. Incredible, right? It’s vital that you give your employees everything they need to stay organised, and ensure that tidiness and decluttering is an important part of your company culture. A tidy office is not just for show, it also increases productivity by a significant amount.
If your operations management is weak – or nonexistent – then say goodbye to productivity. It’s vital to have the processes in place so that people know how to work when to work, and where to look if something goes wrong or they are unsure about anything. There are plenty of courses related to operations management out there, and whether you do them yourself or offer them to particular employees as training incentives is down to you. At the end of the day, setting up a reliable and robust operations plan will give you an excellent framework for saving time and money.
Show yourself the money:
Financial records are vital in more ways than one. But if your idea of keeping receipts is to chuck them in a draw at the end of the day, the chances are it will come back to bite you. Not only will you be more likely to lose receipts, but your organisation will cost you when it comes to hiring your accountant or bookkeeper. And let’s be honest, these days, there is no excuse – there is a huge range of accounting software products out there that you can use that can make your financial affairs as easy as 1-2-3. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to be aware of every penny spent, and if you aren’t you effectively throwing cash down the drain.
The scattergun approach:
Disorganisation in business means that you can’t give your 100% focus on the task at hand. Unless you are working in a structured way, it’s often the case you will find your energy and resources spreading out more like a shotgun blast than a laser-targeted sniper rifle shot – and the impact it can have on your ability to succeed can be hugely significant. So, a final point: ensure everyone in your organisation knows what they are doing, and allow them space and time to focus on the important issues. Establish clear goals and priorities, and you will find that your workers are more creative, motivated, and better at their jobs all around.
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