Productivity in business is a simple concept to grasp – the bigger your output, the better your income. However, when you get down the nuts and bolts of it, it can be difficult for SMEs to see ways of making improvements in this area. Achieving higher productivity is not as easy as pointing a gun to your employee’s head and instructing them to work harder. It’s about finding the right balance between energy, attention, and time. That said, there are some simple ways of turning your workplace into a more productive environment – and they won’t cost you a fortune. We’ve put together a few ideas for you – so read on to find out more.
Work from anywhere
One of the most exciting developments in the workplace over the last few years is remote working. It gives employees the chance to work away from their workstations, and access programs and systems from anywhere. So, for example, let’s say your staff might commute to work each day on a train. To them, it’s dead time – they might read a newspaper or a book. But with remote working, they can get down to business as soon as they sit down. Look into cloud systems or use apps like Evernote and Google Docs to give your staff the chance to work from anywhere.
A small investment in improving your technology can lead to much higher levels of productivity. Look carefully at your business operations and see where things are slowing you down. Could you get a faster broadband connection, for example? According to FIOS Internet, download speeds of 500 Mbps are available – how does that match up with your current rates? Sure, a few seconds difference for every web page you look at might not seem important. But if your job involves looking at hundreds of web pages every day, it’s a significant amount of wasted time. Are there any other areas of your business that could save time with a little technology upgrade?
There are a lot of issues in the workplace that can sap an employee’s motivation and enthusiasm for their role. Pay is a big one, of course – but it’s not the only problem by far. Do you have confidence in your employees’ ability to do their jobs, or do you micromanage them? Are they interested in their role, or would they be better off doing other tasks? Do they take risks or are they restricted by a fear of failure? All these things – and much more – can have a significant impact on office productivity. Look at the type of boss you are and ask – can you do this any better? Give your staff a positive environment and you will see better results.
Meetings are vital for SMEs as they are the perfect environment for pulling everyone together. But, let’s face it – they are also a time drain. Make sure that you speed up your meeting processes and avoid getting sucked into unnecessary conversations. All meetings should have a point – stick to it and everyone will be happier. Not only will you get more out of every meeting, but you will also free up a lot more time in the day.