Editor’s Note: Here at Dispatches, we are always looking for ways to help our readers do things. For some of our readers, that means helping navigate the working world, for others, it means assisting in the ever challenging question, “what’s for dinner?” For still others, it means figuring out how to balance family life with everything else. In an effort to aid in all of these endeavors, we have collaborated on this article written specifically for our readers.
Even with the best of intentions, it’s always easy to slip into the same old rhythms that yield the same old results. Whether you’re got a home office with just you or a small staff, making sure you are taking advantage of productivity is important to keeping your business running smoothly.
Cut the Small Talk, Keep The Fun
If you’re not getting the results that you want or need, it’s tempting to come down hard on your employees and ask them to work harder and cut out the fun office atmosphere you’ve created. Taking away perks will likely mean a drop in creativity and some animosity. You want to make sure the office is an enjoyable place to be and produce which means finding the right balance between office conversations and working.
Let The Systems Do The Work
There are tools and systems that can make your productivity skyrocket. But you need to introduce them to your workforce first. Implementing business IT support is essential if you want to give yourself the time to focus on the tasks that you can actually do well, rather than wasting your time with connectivity, protection and data issues. Also introducing the software that aids worker’s talents and streamlines the working process (such as task management software) is a great place to start.
In the Office, Out the Office
The influx of technology into the working world has raised new questions about the role of the worker and thrown up some surprising answers. For instance, did you know that workers might be more productive if they work less hours? Also, having workers work at home when they feel like it can also produce bigger, more cost-effective results than if they’re forced to spend eight hours in the office each day. There are many, many software programs that allow workers to be “in the office” even if they’re many miles away, so take a look and see if this might be something you can benefit from.
Slow Hardware, Slow Progress
Because it can be a lengthy and expensive process, many business owners delay upgrading hardware, but if your office is trying to achieve 2017 results with 2007 technology, then it’ll be no surprise that you’re not running as smoothly as you could be. Take the plunge and make the shift: your increased productivity will pay for itself pretty soon.