Running a business is not easy; managing resources, customers and delivering good products and services whilst trying to increase profitability is a challenge, to say the least. To increase productivity it is necessary to take advantage of all the available resources to get the most benefits with the least effort. Below, we share some recommendations that can be very useful to increase your business productivity and to improve your managerial skills.
Many hours are wasted each year documenting and recording information on paper. By utilizing workflow automation software, businesses can save thousands of hours that would otherwise be wasted on form-filling. Further, by switching from manual to digital systems, record keeping becomes automatic, saving additional time. Even more, by automating forms and workflows, your employees can focus more on their areas’ issues, increasing their productivity and your company’s. Most employees prefer to spend their time working on their skills instead of completing tedious tasks, such as filling out forms and documents. Automation software allows them to use their time much more conveniently and effectively.
Flexibility in the workplace
According to a study carried out by the University of Warwick, happy employees are 12 percent more productive. By increasing satisfaction, your company will see an explosion in productivity. One way to invest in making your employees happy is to offer a flexible work environment. People like to have options and freedom, so you should provide them flexible hours, remote working options options or more vacation time. This gives employees the freedom to choose how to be most effective and how to feel more confortable.
Implement an organization system that allows you to track your employees records and workloads. These systems have been designed to help teams to communicate regularly and effectively about projects, tasks or long-term objectives. In addition, it is necessary that the team members meet on a daily basis to analyse their tasks and challenges. These discussions will help them to synchronize and collectively find the way to deal with unforeseen problems and circumstances.
Employees, as previously discussed, are most productive when satisfied and engaged. They are the most valuable assets and truly the backbone of an organization. Every employee in his/her own way contributes towards the success or failure of an organization. Employers must invest time and resources in training and developing their workforce and encourage employee development opportunities through active learning and the development of personal and professional skills. Give your employees the tools for professional development and success and encourage them to take over new responsibilities. This will allow them to feel that they are an important part of the organization. Feeling valued is the key to employee loyalty which leads to greater business productivity.
Use natural light
Several studies have shown that artificial office light is more aggressive than natural light and tends to agitate workers, which cause lower productivity. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as turning off the lights, since obviously your office needs light to work. To avoid the decrease in productivity that comes from the use of artificial light, you must find ways to include more natural light in your workplace. You can, for example, set the desks near the windows and avoid blocking the light that crosses them. If you cannot use natural light, consider using lights that produce a warmer tone (yellows and oranges) and try to avoid those with a colder tone (blue and purple).
These small changes can have a significant impact on your company productivity and on the mood of the workers. Through a combination of tools like workflow software and morale-focused approaches and employee development initiatives, your teams will be happier and better prepared to tackle projects of any scale. Invest in these solutions and watch your company transforming into an efficiency juggernaut.
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