Easy ways to stamp out inefficiency in your organisation
Stop wasting time and start getting more done with some great tips for stamping out inefficiency in your organisation.
Cut down on internal email hours
How many times a day do you check your email, and how many of those messages are ones you didn’t need to read? Chances are your business is sending, reading and dealing with a far greater volume of emails than necessary. Free up time and reduce inefficiency by curtailing email activity and encouraging your employees to communicate verbally. A short daily meeting will help you exchange important information without clogging up everyone's inbox.
Invest in customer relationship management software
Keeping your customers interested and engaged is a massive battle, and one you shouldn't be fighting alone. Invest in customer relationship management software that lets you control your communications with clients more efficiently. Target existing customers at the right time, use your existing data to work out the best way to cross-sell and allow an automated system to take the pain out of maintaining a good relationship with your customers.
Empower and engage your staff
While every successful business needs a strong management team and a firm hand at the helm, relinquishing a little control can garner great results. By delegating certain responsibilities and empowering your staff to make decisions, you're giving them the ability to stamp out the type of inefficiencies that crop up in the day-to-day running of your business that you may not be aware of. And cutting down on micromanagement can save you a whole lot of man hours personally.
Reduce unproductive travel time
Where possible, reduce unnecessary travel and make use of videoconferencing and online communication systems to keep your staff in the office. When travel is unavoidable, stop it from being a time sink by equipping staff with smartphones or tablets and the remote working capabilities they need to stay in touch on the go.
Drive towards clarity
One of the best ways to help streamline your business is to work towards achieving clarity of purpose on all levels. Upper management needs to understand long-term business goals completely, team leaders must know which goals they are expected to meet and staff should always be clear on what's expected of them and why. Don’t let projects bumble along because no one is sure who is in charge or what the outcome should be. Demand clarity in all areas.
Give your business an efficiency makeover and you're sure to reap the rewards.