What Slows Businesses Down?

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In an ideal world, you’d make significant progress with your business every time you stepped into the office. You and your employees would work efficiently, and you’d leave at the end of each day knowing that you’ve nudged your company a little further in the right direction. Alas, that’s rarely the case. Our progress can be a lot slower than we’d like. The good news is that the reasons for this slow progress can usually be pinpointed. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the common reasons why businesses move slower than they’d like.

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Distracting Workspaces

We’re beginning to understand more and more just how much our environment impacts our ability to work well. If you’re in a cramped and dirty environment, then you’ll work much less productively than if you were in a spacious, well-lit, and all-around enjoyable office. So for this reason and more, it’s worthwhile working on improving your office setup. Could it do with some more light? Is the storage system not all that it could be? While you’re making changes, check that your office is in line with company branding — it’ll improve the view that your visitors (and also your staff) have of your business.

Lack of Communication

Communication is key in all relationships, including the one that’s shared between employers and employees. While you might assume that your staff knows how to do their job well, the truth is that all assumptions are dangerous. If you’re going to hit your full potential, then everyone must be on the same page, and that’ll be impossible if there’s not strong communication in the workplace. This has to come from the top-down, so if it’s an area where you could do with a little improvement, then look at taking a course. It’ll do the world of good.

Wasting Time

You and your staff might spend eight hours at the office each day, but that’s not the amount of time you and they are spending actually working. There are just too many small, time-wasting tasks throughout the day. While you’ll never be able to hit 100% efficiency, you can push things in the right direction by putting the systems in place that’ll reduce the amount of time being wasted. Having corporate documents templates will significantly reduce the amount of time your staff spends creating the documents they use every day, for instance. It’s also recommended to get in the habit of delivering the need-to-know information quickly, rather than going through the time-consuming matter of holding a meeting. You’ll free up hours of time each week. 

Lack of Targets 

Finally, one of the more dangerous ways that businesses slow down and stop progressing is because they don’t have a target to reach for. After the initial rush of running a business has passed, it’s important that you set targets, both in the short-term and long-term. It’ll help to keep you and your team motivated. Everyone works better when they’re focused on reaching a goal, rather than just going through the motions. 

 

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