If there is just one common denominator among every company in the world, it is surely the desire to run their business as efficiently as possible. Increased efficiency allows them to produce more at a lower cost, and they are both huge factors in a success.
But knowing how – and where – you can improve your company’s efficiency can be challenging. That is why we have come up with several ways in which you can better streamline your operations, and without sacrificing your quality.
Open Communication Is Key
A lot of companies have implemented an open communication policy on paper, but not encouraged it to blossom to anything real or substantial. They simply write it down in their employee handbook and hope that it will develop on its own accord. But it doesn’t work like that. As such, it is important that you take the reins and create a culture of open communication that gets embraced; it is the easiest way to see your productivity levels go up as a direct result of transparency and employee happiness.
Look At Employee Processes Carefully
Your employees are the lifeblood of your business, so how they operate and the processes they use are critical to how efficient your company is as a whole. It could be something as simple at how they conduct internal meetings, and how they prioritize the different sections on their agendas. Once you have ascertained how your teams handle certain tasks and go about leading their day to day operations, it is worth knowing how to create an organizational chart that will actually be used to help increase efficiency. You’ll be able to see where any weaknesses are and then come up with a solution. Speak to your managers and supervisors, and together you will be able to come up with a faster and better way of doing certain things.
Upgrade Your Technology
We live in an era of technology that is designed to make our lives easier. But it is no longer good enough to call the latest a advancements in digital and tech trends because they are rightly called Smart Devices; devices that can almost think for themselves and thus allow your employees to work faster, more efficiently and to a higher standard. It could be upgrading everyone’s phones to smartphones, or providing certain departments with tablets that will allow them to do their jobs better when on the road. It could be that you simply look at what apps could benefit your system of working. The more you invest in your tech, the more streamlines your operations will become. But that is not all because, well, your employees will get a better experience at work and that will boost their morale.
Employees Are Great For Feedback
There is no one better placed to give you feedback on the way things are done, and where things can be improved, than your employees. As such, you should spend time listening to what they have to say. Or you could go one step further and designate a certain area of your office to be used as general hub where your staff can go to communicate their opinions on how things could be done better. They’ll know where they are struggling and, if they take their job seriously, they’ll know what systems are out there to help them perform to a higher standard and in a more efficient way.
Maria Fonseca is the Editor and Infographic Artist for IntelligentHQ. She is also a thought leader writing about social innovation, sharing economy, social business, and the commons. Aside her work for IntelligentHQ, Maria Fonseca is a visual artist and filmmaker that has exhibited widely in international events such as Manifesta 5, Sao Paulo Biennial, Photo Espana, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Joshibi University and many others. She concluded her PhD on essayistic filmmaking , taken at University of Westminster in London and is preparing her post doc that will explore the links between creativity and the sharing economy.