2016 is coming to an end and it is time to leave all the negative things behind us. This also includes bad work strategies and decisions. Since New Year is the perfect time for a new beginning, we are going to help you boost your efficiency and make this fresh start of the year the best it can be.
Don’t waste your energy on managing time-consuming things
We all know that, when you are working at the office, the most time-consuming things are the ones that make the biggest mess in our heads as well as on our desks. Take employee benefits for example. Who could remember every single one of them? „When is Tim’s vacation again? Have I taken care about the insurance? Let me just flip my entire office to find where did I wrote it.“ Instead of going crazy over your disorganized desk, implement an employee benefits software and find all the information you need with one click of your mouse.
Encourage and motivate
You all work as a team. And every team needs their spirit to be lifted sometimes. By encouraging your employees and motivating them, their productivity will get a boost and they will feel satisfied. „Alright guys, a person who makes the most sales today, gets a bonus day off which he can use whenever he wants to“. Celebrate small wins, every day something good happens at the office. Maybe the sales team made a sale record, or somebody is doing his job better than he usually does. Positive always attracts positive, and showing appreciation will attract even more appreciation.
Embrace team work
There are many people who like working on projects alone because they aren’t comfortable collaborating with other people a.k.a their coworkers. This is the kind of a wall that needs to be torn down. Team work is one of the most important things in one company. First, that is when people are connecting and second, everything gets done a lot faster. Do your best to help them understand the importance of team work and watch them become the best.
Anonymous Suggestion boxes
Yes, it may sound really old-school, but let’s face it – not everyone has courage to bring their concerns in front of you. By adding an anonymous suggestion box in your office, they are free to comment on every single thing that they would like you to improve without fearing about the misunderstanding. You are basically helping them to help you and both sides will be satisfied this way.
Take advantage of social networks
Even though they are made for fun, they can be the most powerful business aids you will ever get. First of all, they make communication between coworkers way easier, as well as the communication between you or your employees and your customers. Secondly, your employees will be able to share their interests which will embrace meaningful work-related conversations between them and build their relationships. Not to mention the glorious „share“ option which gives you some free publicity (wink).
Identify and use everyone’s natural abilities
Every member of your company has something they are really good at. Identify what it is and find a way for them to use it in favor of you and your company. For example, you can ask managers to recommend individuals with the strongest organizational skills and use their skills to organize the new task that needs to be done.
Make lists of areas that need to be improved
This way, you will be able to focus directly on the problem and find the best way to eliminate it. From small things like being out of window cleaner or the broken toilet seat, all the way to big ones like being late with bills, problems are problems which means they need to be solved asap.
Don’t set unrealistic goals
You need to be aware of your team’s possibilities. If you set a goal which isn’t in within their limits of achievement, you risk outstretching them and burning them out. Remember, there is no elevator to success – you will have to take the stairs.
Always have in mind that sticking to team work and embracing communication are the best organizational methods for one company. Put in some work and positive results will appear in no time. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!