Increase Business Productivity by Weeding!
While most economists agree that the worst of the recession is now over, many small businesses are still reeling from its effects. If you have been fortunate to survive the latest downturn, your business’ productivity may still not be where you would like it to be. Ready or not, change has come to the business world and to be ready for the pending upswing of business, it is time to start weeding out the unnecessary things.
Find the Weeds to Pull
You may already realize that your overhead is too high or that expenses are reaching well above your income level. To help bring these expenses down, a little pulling of the weeds may be needed. Just like with your garden, the biggest problem with weeding your business is determining what is a weed and what is a flower. To help you with this, start asking yourself “What if your business went without …..?”. You can fill in the blank with any number of things in your business like, supplies, vendors, supplies and employees.
The most difficult one of these issues to deal with is employees because no one likes to eliminate jobs but sometimes it is necessary. New technology has allowed employers to get more work done with less employees. For example, new applicant tracking software can cut down the workload by creating an efficient method for recruiting and hiring new employees. This helps businesses hire the right people without needing the large amount of staff hours.
Grass Can Grow, Once the Weeds are Gone
If you do not take care of your grass properly, the weeds can choke the grass and take over your lawn. This can be true for your business too, if you do not take care of it properly. Holding on to unnecessary things will only crowd out your business, tie up resources and prevent your business from growing. A business, whose weeds have been pulled, is able to grow and flourish as it should.
No one likes to weed, but once it is done it provides a beautiful lawn. This process of eliminating things, especially jobs is difficult but necessary if you want your business to succeed. Take your time to ensure that you pull out only weeds and leave the grass behind because once it is completed your business can be even more successful. In just a short time, the economy will be on its way back up and if you want your business to be ready, now is the time to start pulling the weeds.