How can small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) increase their output and profitability without the need for significant investment?
One of the ways such companies can achieve this goal is by focusing on workforce productivity - the rate of output per unit of input.
Employees do not necessarily need to work harder to increase productivity - working more efficiently and effectively can achieve the same result.
By equipping workers with the tools they need to complete tasks with greater speed and accuracy, SMB bosses can ensure more gets done.
Making the most of employee time
One of the ways business productivity can be increased is by maximising the use of employee time.
Very often, workers find themselves away from the office or their normal workstation - whether away at meetings, travelling between sites or at home.
By finding ways to support productive work during this 'dead' time, businesses can ensure more gets done and output increases.
The use of mobile technology solutions - such as smartphones and media tablets - can help in this respect, by guaranteeing workers are never more than a few clicks away from important files and documents.
Where employees have access to smart, connected devices, they can carry on working regardless of their location, ensuring more time is available for value-adding tasks.
Ensuring employee wellbeing
SMB employees are also likely to be more productive if they are fit, healthy and motivated to give their all on a daily basis.
Workers need to rest and recuperate between shifts, switching off from their employment tasks in the evenings and on weekends where possible.
This ensures that when they come into work, they are ready to work hard and perform to the best of their ability.
If employees work too many hours and fail to maintain a healthy work-life balance, they run the risk of burn-out - something which may see them be less productive in the office.
They may also lose the motivation to dedicate themselves to their work, and consequently engagement with their employer.
Posted by Sarah Parish