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3 ways to streamline your business to success in the new digital era

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In these tumultuous times, being a businesswoman is a challenging venture. The landscape is uncertain and the goalposts are ever-changing—as are consumer habits.

In recent months, it’s likely that your business has been operating on a largely remote basis (if it wasn’t already). And, if the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the power and possibilities of the digital age.

By harnessing digitally-driven initiatives and remote working tools to your advantage, you will be able to streamline your business in a number of key areas—increasing your output while keeping your employees engaged and inspired.

Here we consider three definitive ways you can streamline your business in the current landscape and accelerate your success in these cutthroat times—starting with communication.

Work with the right communicative tools

In our hyper-connected digital age, the technology exists to ensure seamless communication across a multitude of platforms, both in-house and on a remote basis.

Holding regular cross-departmental meetings, collaborative ideas sessions, social get-togethers, and training workshops, taking advantage of the right digital project management tools is essential if you want to make your business more cohesive.

For your inspiration, here are some easy to master communicative project management tools that will help your streamline your company’s collaborative processes:

  • Trello: A navigatable, highly-visual, and versatile project management tool for real-time communication, Trello also serves as a helpful product milestone management and brainstorming tool.
  • Slack: Essentially an instant messaging system with collaborative features and video or voice call functionality, Slack will keep your team connected at all times without causing distraction.
  • Google Suite: Encompassing Google Docs (a word processor that allows you to add real-time annotations, suggestions, and comments), Google Hangouts (a popular video conferencing tools), and Google Calendar (an interactive meeting & date scheduling tool), Google Suite will help your team remain connected, creative, and productive.
  • MindMup: A simple to use visual brainstorming and mind-mapping platform for creating collaborative ideas focused on specific tasks or initiatives.

Invest in skill development & lifelong learning

There is a direct link between lifelong learning and employee engagement. If your employees are highly-engaged, self-motivated, and are equipped with the skills to adapt to the ever-changing landscape around them, your business will become more autonomous—and as a result, more streamlined.

So, by investing in a culture that values personal skills development and lifelong learning, you will streamline your business on a sustainable basis. If everyone is being encouraged to gain new qualifications while expanding their skill set, your business will become far more self-sufficient. In turn, it will also become more productive.

To create a culture of lifelong learning, you should:

  • Give your employees access to online learning portals or platforms.
  • Allow everyone at least two hours a week during work time to focus on their personal development and learning.
  • Empower your team members with the choice to enrol in one formal course or certification each year.

Improve your employee & time management strategies

Typically, managers and business owners across sectors throw away an average of three hours every day on unnecessary interruptions, distractions or time-centric administrative tasks.

One of the most effective and sustainable ways to streamline your business—the final piece of the producutivy-boosting puzzle, so to speak—is to focus on your time and employee management initiatives. To truly optimize your business for success, drilling down into working hours, time tracking, and rota management logistics is essential.

There’s no doubt about it—employee scheduling software saves time and money. Embrace the power of cutting-edge digital scheduling software and you will enhance your operational efficiency significantly, driving down costs while keeping everything ticking over with minimal intervention.

Modern scheduling solutions offer navigable, automated functionality that assists with time and employee management optimization from anywhere in the world, 24/7, across a multitude of devices—invaluable technology for any ambitious woman business owner.

“You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.”―Sheryl Sandberg

We may be living in uncertain times but by taking these measures to streamline your business and creating a culture of open communication, you will boost your productivity levels while remaining adaptable to change.

Best of luck and for more practical pearls of wisdom, read 3 tips for effectively expanding your small business.

About Carol Trehearn

carolt@thebusinesswomanmedia.com'

Carol Trehearn is a business and marketing specialist at Click Intelligence.

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