By Gordon Tredgold
While business systems, staff skillsets, management policies and many other elements of vital business practice are by definition complex, there’s almost nothing to gain in making these systems overly complex, no matter the intended result. In fact, the means in which to improve your firm by simplifying your process is less celebrated a tactic than it should be.
For this reason, taking a fine-tooth comb and ensuring you inspect your entire layering of business practices, and seeing how they relate, can be a vital function of business reflection from time to time. The more you’re able to achieve this with care and attention, the more you will unearth.
But where do you begin with this most vital of practices and habits? We believe we have a few tidbits of advice to help you. However, while this advice is is general terms, we recommend considering their feasibility in your business rather than knocking down all of your supports without thinking. From there, you may choose to implement the following:
Make Transfers Easier
Make the transfer of money easier, no matter if you’re paying businesses abroad, moving money from one business hub to another, or just tracking your conversion rates more appropriately. For instance, the ability to transfer money to Sri Lanka may enable you to better ensure that your remote workers are cared for, or that suppliers are paid in their standard currency, or that you can better balance your budget. When you are able to ensure your balance sheet is hygienic and well tracked in this way, you can make better decisions as a business, and from that point on ensure your approach is effective and reliable.
After all, why complicate efficient financial transfer? Using services that allow you this vital utility without trouble can be a great measure to keep track of.
Use Simple, Effective Software Suites
Using simple, effective software suites can ensure that your staff are able to work in a rational, sane and continually serviced manner. Many excellent managed IT service companies allow for server hosting, cloud computing and cybersecurity measures to be rolled into one package, but it’s often the case that more specialized software will need to be used. For instance, production content houses will often need to use industry-standard software, but as there are many different suites it can sometimes be difficult to keep on top of all of the changing standards. This is why using suites that adapt, such as Avid Media Composer or the Adobe Creative Suite can offer us such utility, because they set the standards, rather than have to conform to them. Keeping up with the industry movements can be important, because we also find the resources being used for the most effective results. For instance, Slack has become a major hit among those in tech industries needing to communicate appropriately with their teams. While you shouldn’t jump on every trend, it can be nice to know what those are, and to ensure they snugly fit into your approach. A simple service for every need can certainly make tasks feel more collaborative, and easier to deal with.
Measure Progress More Easily
Measure the progress of your firm with care and attention. It can help you see just where you might be overinvesting, or overcomplicating your procedure. For instance, it’s not uncommon for businesses to make the support ticket process much more complex, with multiple hierarchical levels of technical agents on the line to help security. Yet for small businesses, this might not be necessary. Investing in a virtual helpdesk might just help them offshore this vital role without losing the quality of answered tickets, as well as a ticket system in the first place to allow these support requests to be a little less demanding. When you measure progress more appropriately, you can easily see where wasted effort lies, and this allows you to continually structure and restructure your approach going forward.
Let Ideas Rise To The Top
Letting ideas rise to the top is one of the components of a business that is simply structured and able to find value where it’s needed. If staff can contribute ideas through email, or in meetings, or can give proposals to their managers, that shows a firm ready to listen, a firm never overly limited by the bulk of its procedure. If you curate this, you’ll automatically be able to get the best from your staff, and that in itself helps you unearth value where appropriate.
With this advice, we hope you can ensure business complexity never overrides good operational sense.