In this money driven world, all of us are looking to become more efficient, make better use of our time and earn as much money in as little time as possible. And even if you run or own a business, at the end of the day, the goal is the same — the more productive your workers are, the more orders you can fulfill, and the faster you can deliver to your customers, the happier they are with you.
We have all heard of these ‘productivity hacks’ that are supposed to increase your efficiency by a tenfold, but then again, most of them either seem too complex or flat out just don’t work. If you came here hoping to read about something like that, then sorry, we don’t really have any advice that can miraculously turn your business around overnight.
Then what about the changes we alluded to in the title? Well. these aren’t really hacks or secrets, but more of changes in procedures, which when applied to any business can help them grow at a much faster rate.
1. Increasing Automation
When it comes to some deft skills, humans are irreplaceable. But in most mundane tasks in a production line introducing automation can increase efficiency tremendously. And it is not just hardware automation that we are talking about here, but a production scheduling software can help you better manage your entire workshop, as you always get to have an overview of what every element in the production line is up to at any given moment. And the effectiveness of such software can be felt no matter what the scale of your business is because everyone from a manager to someone who is working in the production line can use this software to schedule production and maximize efficiency.
2. Encourage Communication
A lot of problems can be solved way earlier, simply if teams communicated to each other more directly. Having a chain of command is great for some facets of the organization, but when it comes to solving issues, it is better to have open lines of communication across all groups. In fact, it has been found that when workers communicate face-to-face rather than over email or some other forms of instant messaging, their combined productivity increases. So, holding more events where members of the office can communicate with each other in a formal or even informal setting is often the key to increase synergy across various sectors of the business.
3. Allowing Individuals to Focus on One Task
I know this is pretty difficult in small companies where people have to take up different roles, not because they want to but out of sheer necessity. The important thing to remember here is that one person can handle multiple job responsibilities, as long as they’re not being forced to do all of them at once. Multitasking is a great skill to have but it doesn’t really lead to efficiency, so if you see that your workers are having their attention spans interrupted by different things, then the best course of action for them is to create a schedule and then work according to it. The focus should always be on performing one thing at a time and trying to do it as fast and as best as possible.
In the end, the success or failure of a business depends on the leadership and as a leader of your workers, it is vitally important to make sure that you look after their wellbeing and provide them with a happy work environment. After all in the words of famous author and sports personality Tony Dungy — “The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.”