Perhaps you’re hitting your goals and meeting deadlines without any glaring issues or conflicts. When you look around your workplace, it may seem like everyone is as productive as they can be. But even when your team appears to be a well-oiled machine, there may be unsuspected glitches that could be gumming up the works.
You might think there’s no way your employees could get more done than they already are, but you could be wrong. Creating the most productive working environment means leaving no stone unturned and examining every detail, no matter how small.
For example, something as seemingly minor as climate control can have a significant impact on productivity. When employees aren’t comfortable, they often lose focus or feel the need to take frequent breaks. Ensuring the workplace temperature is between 70 and 73 degrees with an indoor humidity level of about 40% should keep your employees from sweating or shivering at their workstations.
Providing healthy snacks in the break room is another easy way to encourage your staff to give more of an effort. That’s because sugary processed foods can make people feel sluggish and tired, contributing to a midafternoon lull that may force them to play catch-up the next day.
It’s also important for managers to provide their staff members with all the tools they need to do their jobs effectively. This includes proper training programs to ensure they have the skills necessary to keep up with the demands of your customer base.
Even if you can’t see them, a number of problems could be keeping your office or facility from functioning at the highest possible level.
For seven effective tips you can use to improve employee productivity, check out this infographic:
Guide created by GoFog Inc.
Author bio: Eric Adamson is President of GoFog Inc., a leading provider of humidification systems. He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, and currently focuses on designing fog-based cooling and humidification systems for commercial and industrial buildings.
Entrepreneurs and small businesses have almost no margin for error. They must be sure that they deliver the best products and services to their customers at all times. Otherwise, they risk damaging their reputations beyond repair. Without the volume larger companies have to cushion the blow, any loss of business could be devastating. This is what makes quality control such a vital aspect of any company’s operations.
Keeping clients and consumers happy means a business gains a better chance of achieving sustainable success. No matter what type of work entrepreneurs do, or which markets they serve, having the protocols in place to guarantee everything happens as it should is not optional.
The most obvious place where quality control benefits companies is on the production floor. For example, manufacturers can identify defects before they have a chance to make it to the public. This enables businesses to prevent costly recalls and problems with products that could hurt their standing with the public. Effective quality control also has the potential to reduce waste and lower a business’s overall costs.
However, these processes are just as essential in an office environment as they are on the assembly line. By taking the necessary steps to eliminate mistakes and double-check all work, companies can improve morale, increase sales and build stronger teams. Without the need to scramble and correct missteps after the fact, employees are free to concentrate on giving their full efforts and supporting one another. This means higher productivity and a more effective organization as a whole.
To learn more about what quality control can do for your entrepreneurial goals, take a look at the accompanying checklist and see why there’s no excuse for ignoring it:
Guide created by Thomas Products Ltd.
Author bio: Jeramie Baba is Operations Manager for Thomas Products LTD, a leading manufacturer of industrial- and military-grade flow and level sensors. He focuses on analyzing and improving organizational processes, working to improve quality, productivity and efficiency.
In life, we have to be able to back our ability to do things whether it’s a high-pressure situation in a sports game, or a simple trip to the supermarket. It’s not a hugely essential attribute, but it makes everything a lot easier. Those who have such mental strength to be their own biggest fan often find themselves in better positions. It doesn’t always get a person further ahead, but those in the “big leagues” are all able to back themselves.
Some people are born with immense amounts of self-belief; some acquire it due to their upbringing. But it’s not just a natural thing—self-belief can be obtained and honed. As stated before, confidence isn’t an essential part of life; lots of people are just fine without it, but it would certainly aid you in what can be a cruel and unforgiving society.
There are aspects of life where self-belief and confidence are super necessary, however. One of those aspects is business. If you want to really succeed in business, it’ll take a lot of strength and conviction.
Maybe you’ve got a few ideas and are desperate to get going, but you aren’t quite ready. Let’s look at a few ways you can build up some of that self-confidence so you can smash whatever obstacles face you.
Surround Yourself with Everything
In order to really gain vast amounts of knowledge about something, you need to be constantly within its space. For example, if you want to learn a language, you can use books, apps or software, but there’s nothing quite like heading over to that country and being totally immersed in the local language and culture.
Listening to podcasts regularly, watching business seminars online, and having the like surrounding you most of the time will ingratiate you fully. You’ll have all the confidence in the world if you know exactly what you’re talking about.
Go Back to School
Another way of recognizing that you know exactly what you’re talking about is by furthering your education. Being taught about certain areas of business by people who know more than you isn’t a bad idea, right?
You could simply search online to find schools like Regis College and many, many more to see if they have what you’re in need of. Obtaining knowledge is one way of building your belief, but having the actual, tangible qualification will surely up your self-esteem.
Keep Trying and Failing
Failure is still typically viewed as a bad thing, especially in this day and age where people are very eager to highlight someone’s defeats. Failure is not a problem, though (as long as it’s not a catastrophe).
When you mess up, you learn. Every single time you’ve ever failed at anything, you’ve learned how not to do it. Fitness, education, domestic life—you always grow afterwards. Constantly messing up is a good thing because it’s a sign of progress. Learn to enjoy the defeats.
Rejection Isn’t All Bad
In the same spirit, it’s good to realize that being rejected in any form is also not a problem. If you’re going to start a business and become a success, you’re going to meet a lot of doubters and nay-sayers along the way. It might not sound pleasant, but these experiences are inevitable.
Therefore, don’t take rejection too seriously. It’s all part of the process and will make you stronger and more confident if you learn how to handle it.
If there was a graveyard for businesses, the most common epitaph would likely be, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” No company has ever achieved growth by standing still, and only those willing to change can succeed. Even the most successful companies understand they need to constantly evolve and improve to maintain their positions in the marketplace.
This is especially true when it comes to your sales organization. Perhaps nowhere is the competition fiercer and the need for evolution more evident than in sales. Fortunately, there are a number of ways shrewd leaders can help ensure that their salespeople have the resources and motivation necessary to accomplish real development and get the most out of the investment placed in them.
When it comes to improving sales performance, one common mistake many professionals make is ignoring bad reviews. Although the first impulse may be to dismiss criticism, there’s often a kernel of wisdom to be found there. Viewing negative feedback as a learning opportunity rather than an insult can be crucial for helping salespeople grow in their abilities.
Another misstep made by many organizations is failing to take full advantage of technology. Software makes it possible for teams to measure their effectiveness effortlessly, giving them a clearer picture of where they thrive and where they need to improve. Applications also enable automation that takes many of the most repetitive and tedious job responsibilities off their shoulders.
Don’t let your company die from starvation. Continue to feed it new ideas and look for means of continuous improvement. If you do, you’ll stand a much better chance of climbing to the top echelon in your industry. For more ideas you can use to bolster the performance of your sales team, check out this checklist:
Sales Performance Checklist created by Neocol
This guest post was written by David Holstein, who is Vice President of Revenue for Neocol, a Silver Salesforce Consulting Partner specializing in CPQ, billing, integration, sales cloud and service cloud. With eight-plus years of experience in the industry, Holstein focuses on using his knowledge of the Salesforce ecosystem to help improve people’s lives personally and professionally.