All businesses want to boost productivity, and there are many different ways to do this. Recently, companies have taken flexible working hours on board, which studies show can increase productivity and improve employee happiness. Other measures include team building activities, games for the break room, along with an array of others that vary between companies.
Despite this, though, too many businesses are still wasting time, and this applies to both employees and employers. Nearly two-thirds of employees admit to time-wasting, and even if this is just a couple of minutes per day, it adds up, and menial tasks are one of the main culprits of this. So how exactly can businesses stop wasting so much time every day?
Search For Outside Help
While every aspect of the business is essential, there are some things that you can outsource to external firms. This can include payroll and IT Support, which will allow your business to free up time and focus energy in other areas.
Rather than have your team spend hours fixing minor IT issues or checking everyone’s wage is correct, you can hire someone else to do this for you. Not only is it more convenient, but it will also be cheaper than hiring an in-house team.
Automate Office Processes
While scheduling meetings and checking when you are free only takes a second or two, these seconds add up throughout the week, month, and year. Automating office processes such as scheduling will give everyone a little extra time throughout the day and gives them one less thing to think about.
Instead of endlessly scrolling through your calendar to find a half-hour where you can squeeze in a client, allowing software to do it for you will take a load off your mind, and also ensure you never double book yourself again.
A Meeting That Should Have Been An Email
We’ve all been in situations where we sat in front of a manager droning on about something that could have easily been explained over email. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who enjoys meetings, regardless of how short they are, so as a manager, it’s up to you to think more carefully about how you spend employee time.
While some meetings are useful, especially for new practices or to clarify things people are unsure of, they can be huge drains, and even moving from desk to the meeting room can take time. This is why meetings must be only used when necessary. You’ll soon see better results.
Digitize Your Data
Ask yourself how long you have spent filing through cabinets to find information on customers or clients. Now ask yourself how easy it would be to type their name into a search bar and find the information you need.
Digitizing data is something every business should consider, but only with the proper cybersecurity. It shaves precious minutes off finding information, and with less paper, you’re also helping the environment.
Stop Wasting Time
A business cannot expect to be successful if it allows so much time to be wasted, so if you want to see a boost in productivity and improved results, consider how you can eliminate these menial tasks in your office.