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All business owners want to create an operation that runs as smoothly as possible. A smooth-running, efficient workplace means that you are seeing the highest return on investment and achieving a high level of productivity and output. While running a 100 per cent productive workplace may be the dream, finding a way of turning that dream into reality can feel impossible. If you are hoping to improve the efficiency of your business, you may want to consider some of these options.
Securing bigger orders for your business means that you need to be able to fulfil them. If you are looking for ways to win those bigger orders, you may want to consider investing in new machinery to help you achieve this.
Increasing the number of automated processes that you use may help. By increasing the amount of manufacturing automation you use in your company, you may be able to boost production and complete orders much faster.
Duplicating effort is a common way in which productivity is impacted in the workplace. A duplicating of effort is a common problem with sales teams, who call a prospect without realising that a colleague has already contacted the same person. This scenario not only negatively impacts productivity, but it is also damaging to your business’ reputation, as potential customers may become annoyed with constant phone calls.
To ensure your sales team are delivering excellent customer service and not duplicating their efforts, it is a good idea to use customer relationship management software (CRM) to help prevent this problem from arising. Utilising CRM software will ensure that your staff are working as efficiently as they can and are kept well-informed of the status of each customer.
Examine Your Procedures
Taking a step back and reviewing your business processes and procedures can be a beneficial thing to do every once and a while. Looking at your business with fresh eyes will enable you to identify areas that could be utilising resources better and where efficiencies could be made.
As well as examining things for yourself, it is often useful to gain insights from your staff too. Allowing your team to let you know how they believe processes can be improved is a great way to gain feedback from people that are directly involved in the day to day activities of your business.
Discovering which parts of their job your employees find the most time consuming and the biggest drain on their productivity, could help you to come up with some new ways of working that significantly improve efficiency. Your staff are also likely to feel more motivated to work and valued as employees if they think that you appreciate their input and respect their opinions, this, in turn, can help to boost productivity and encourage staff to take more ownership of their tasks. Don’t forget to report back to your team the outcome of their suggestions for improvements to business processes, so that they know you listened to their ideas.
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