As of 16th November 2018 the EU told the UK to ‘take it or leave it’. Businesses are crying out for a concrete idea of what is happening. The effects that this could have on small businesses are deeply uncertain.
However, instead of continually worrying about the implications that Brexit may or not have, try to focus on running your business as efficiently as possible. Ultimately, this will mean that the company is in the best position to face whatever challenges Brexit may bring.
In this article, we’ll look at how to keep your employees working efficiently so that your business productivity remains high.
Remove employees from admin tasks
Most positions within a company involve time consuming admin tasks that aren’t necessarily part of their typical work.
When employees handle these themselves, it can be time-consuming, demoralising and has the potential to be riddled with errors.
For instance, payroll is a vital but lengthy process and will demand a significant portion of time to complete. This time could be spent on generating money or building your client base.
However, tasks such as payroll and cloud accounting can be simplified with the right tools. Software like Pandle ensures that bookkeeping and payroll tasks are streamlined or outsourced, meaning employee time is spent on other important business tasks.
Performance based bonuses
Incentivising performance can really help to boost your business productivity in the long term.
Employees will be more likely to go the extra mile for the business for tangible and linked financial reward. Ultimately, in putting bonuses into practice you are more likely to maintain overall job satisfaction and it could make your business more attractive to jobseekers.
Although cash bonuses are of course an option, they do not necessarily need to be purely financial. Speak to local businesses and try to get discounts from them. Good examples are restaurants, gyms and bars. By showing employees you know what is important to them, they will reward you with higher levels of productivity.
Utilising digital communication technology
Of course, communication is vital in a business. Internet-based messengers are great for holding virtual meetings, allowing colleagues to communicate from their desk and also allow for employees to work remotely from the office.
This added mobility has the potential for a significant boost in productivity and removes any chance of miscommunication. The also allow a level of visibility between colleagues which can help reduce repeated tasks.
However, allowing your colleagues free reign to message each other can mean these applications are used for casual and non-work related conversations. However, Paul Bischoff, from tech research website comparitech.com, states that ‘employees should have no expectation of privacy at work’, meaning that most staff expect to be monitored on these apps.
So, when it comes to company-based messenger services, have a bit of faith in your staff but also be cautious and investigate them if necessary.
From outsourcing time-consuming admin tasks, to motivating your employees with bonuses, these are just a few ways to make your staff more productive.