05 Jan 5 Tips to Increase Productivity
You know that phrase, new year, new you? Well, what about, new year, better business? Haven’t heard that one have you? We can help you make that happen.
If you really want your business to grow, first off, you need to ask yourself, “will our processes support the growth?” Because as much as growth is the goal of any business, expansion and success can lead to operational challenges that can in turn hinder that growth. Next, we suggest you review these five steps to help you increase productivity:
1. Establish Workflows
There’s little that can be done to speed up processes as long as those processes lack definition; that’s why it’s imperative to establish workflows in your business. A workflow is a repeatable pattern of activity enabled by the systematic organization of resources into defined processes. Take the time and the necessary steps to establish workflow practices that will streamline your processes and optimize your profits. For tips about how to do this, read our article Establishing Workflow Practices.
2. Identify Problem Areas
Once you’ve established workflows, analyze them to quantify the effort needed for each required step and to discover if there are any obstacles in completing them. When you take the time to measure what tasks are being performed, you will have a better understanding of how costly some of these repetitive tasks are. Manual, repetitive tasks can hinder growth and can have a negative impact on your bottom line and you may want to consider workflow automation.
3. Integrate Existing Software Systems
Many of the custom web applications we build are designed to help leverage data from our clients’ existing systems with system integration. We integrate these systems using an Application Program Interface. By tying multiple systems together, there’s no longer a need to manually type data from one system to the other. Imagine how much time can be saved when that repetitive task is taken away? And you know what they say, time is money.
4. Stop Using Spreadsheets to Manage Data
We get it, we all use spreadsheets, but the thing about spreadsheets is that they are time suckers. Between the manual entry of data, the analytics, the emailing back and forth, and the correction of errors, those ‘free’ spreadsheets that you have been relying on, are far more expensive than you realize. Imagine how stress-free it would be to have access to instant, customized, error-free reports produced from your integrated software systems.
5. Consider Custom Software for Process Automation
What are you waiting for? Stop wasting time and money on manual tasks, mindless data entry, and complex spreadsheets. Contact us today for your free consultation and discover how a custom solution will increase productivity and benefit your business.Request a Consultation