As a small business owner, you should be applying ‘work smarter, not harder’ principles to make the most efficient use of your time. There are only so many hours in the day after all, so you need to use them well. 

While this will help your own productivity levels, you also need to consider your team. No matter what industry your small business is in, boosting your staff’s productivity helps improve your bottom line. 

There are many cost-effective strategies you can use to improve office productivity. They fall roughly into three main areas: engagement, technology and outsourcing. 

Engagement

One of the key ways to improve your staff’s productivity lies in employee engagement. A happy, engaged and empowered workforce is a productive one. Simple, actionable steps you can take to boost engagement include: 

  • Allowing staff (where possible) to take ownership of how they manage their day, rather than insisting they stick to set hours or a set location 
  • Giving your team greater autonomy, and freedom to ‘run with’ tasks
  • Practising positive reinforcement, and remembering to motivate and reward your team 
  • Offering support, and setting realistic goals. 

Technology

Your team may be spending hours on tasks that could be done more efficiently with technology. From calendar automation, to team collaboration and communication apps, there are tools out there designed to help your small business enhance productivity levels. Two of our favorites are Trello and Monday.com. 

Outsourcing

Every small business has limited resources and limited time. For your team to be truly productive, you need to be sure they are using their time in the most efficient way possible. That means focusing on core business activities, whatever they might be. Outsourcing non-core functions frees up your staff to do the job they are good at (and you are paying them for!).

Want to make your small business more efficient by outsourcing your content marketing, web design or graphic design? Contact Hunter & Scribe today at [email protected]