Organisation is Key to Productivity

Posted on Jan 2 2013 - 2:35pm by Peter Millikin

Lifestyle Business

Businesses that are organised run smoothly and this actually increases profits. When everything is running as it should, time is better spent and time is truly money in any business. If you feel like your small business needs more organisation, follow these simple tips.

Establish Certain Procedures

There must be order in an office. The best way to establish this order is to organise certain procedures. For instance, how is the post handled? Does one person pick it up each day? Is each item handled promptly?

How are breaks scheduled? Do your employees simply take them as needed or does someone organise who is taking a break and at what time?

These issues and others need to be decided upon and a routine established. This is the first step in getting your business to run smoothly.

Everyone in an office should know their responsibilities and work accordingly. The same person should be in charge of the post each day. One person should order all office supplies. One person should be in charge of all financial decisions. If these tasks are scattered throughout your employees, your office will be chaos.

Update Records Regularly

If you have to dig through a pile of papers to find contact information for a customer, then you are wasting valuable time. Set up a system where customer information is entered into a document or spreadsheet immediately. Then if they call or visit again, it should be easy to search for them and bring up their information right away.

Evaluate Your Office Space

Even a very small office can look neat and organised with the right tools. Use desks with storage built into them and use shelves or cabinets on the walls to maximise your space. If customers enter your work area, you do not want them to see a messy office. A messy office sends the message that you are disorganised and inefficient.

Working in an organised space makes everyone feel better, which increases productivity. Again, time truly is money so work hard at organising your business. Your employees will appreciate it and you will see your business become more productive in the process.

Read about the Author

Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment.

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