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Areas of business that need to be worked on constantly

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Over time, many business fall into the trap of getting comfortable and somewhat complacent. It is easy to be okay with normal statistical curves and production. More often than not, it is competition and their ingenuity and hunger for success that snaps businesses out of this lull. Here are several aspects of management and productivity that you cannot afford to neglect as they need constant work and improvement.

Improve communication within key areas

Improvement of communication within the business is overlooked by many companies once they reach an initially satisfactory level. This is a dire mistake which can mean the success and failure of your business. It is said that companies with efficient communication have 47% higher returns to shareholders and lower employee turnover.

Other estimates have reported that miscommunications have lead to human errors; it cost companies around 37$ Billion when 400 corporations were surveyed.

Open door policy and ditching pecking orders

It is very important to leave the egos at the door and treat everyone’s opinions and feelings with the same respect. This creates a harmonious balance among employees who, when they feel appreciated, will in turn care about their work and ultimately each other. This carries over into the production, quality of work, and positive customer relations. This is easier said than done, of course, but that is where the ongoing aspect of improvement comes in.

Scheduling communication and routines

Having set communication strategies in place takes the second guessing out of the picture and allows the employees to place that energy into the actual message being relayed to increase successful comprehension to everyone involved.

Having set meetings at a specific time, set communication pathways, and everyone using the same tools allows for efficient communication and fewer problems with losing any messages or ideas.

Listening more and talking less

When we are in meetings and communicating in general, it is always good practice to try and shut our traps more and open our ears. If we are constantly thinking about what our answer is going to be then we are not listening enough or giving the speaker due support and time.

Not giving a speaker or presenter your attention and time shows disrespect and also allows for errors in productivity and compliance down the road.

As Ernest Hemingway once said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

Quality control with fewer errors and better production

Increasing quality control is a game of sidestepping the beast of micromanaging and allowing the worker to be free enough to be innovative, but not reckless. It is a fine line of making sure the employee is proactive and happy because a satisfied employee yields better results.

Another overlooked part of understanding quality improvement is not to “shoot the messenger” and embrace quality problems as learning situations.  Each problem should be taken on positively and seized as an opportunity to improve the situation.

Training and monitoring

Proper and professional training with goals in place while setting a plan to reward your employees will keep production at its peak. A stagnant employee is a disgruntled employee, which can lead to less respect for their company which leads to less production and lower quality.

Installing a reward system and continuing education will allow for the employee to be happy about the progress in their career while hopefully making more money for their family.

Another common way of compliance and maximizing production with fewer problems is to seek out drug testing locations nearby in case you suspect an employee might be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. One problem employee can cause major damage within a company in terms of errors or customer relations.

Monitoring employees while continually developing can be challenging and it takes a nurturing, but strong hand to make sure the employees respect and can count on you. The monitoring guidelines need to be set in place and everyone needs to understand what is appropriate in their performance. From there, it becomes easier to go down the path of advancement.

 

About Lauren Webber

Lauren Webber is a former HR manager and lover of psychology who now runs daintymom.com among her other pursuits. Her interests range from the corporate world to health and self-care to home improvement and parenting. Now if only someone came up with a way to extend the day by about 20 more hours, she could dedicate herself to all of these equally and constantly.

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