When you think of threats to the business, you might think of those huge issues that can pop up. A PR disaster, a disagreement with a big client or those kinds of things. It’s more likely that a business is going to suffer a longer, harder fall, however. It’s the little leaks that add up that can sink the whole boat. So you need to get your magnifying glass out and make sure you’re taking care of the following.
Everything in its place
Loss of physical materials and assets is a big problem in a lot of businesses. From construction to production, these problems cost you money. So you should be actively making sure that it isn’t happening. A proper inventory system can help you do just that. From managing asset locations to logging equipment, track as much as your physical inventory as you can. Services like NFC Direct can help you fit the system to the specific model of your business. That way, you’re not missing out on anything important.
Avoiding tech disasters
The hardware you use is just as important for keeping work flowing smoothly. There are a lot of ways you should be ensuring they’re not proving a liability. Regular maintenance and repair checks should be done to stop them from degrading all too quickly. Then you need to consider the security threats present in digital equipment. Most businesses that suffer a data breach close in under two years after it happens. Make sure any devices used in your workplace are fully protected with antiviruses and firewalls. Don’t let people bring in foreign devices like USB Drives which could harbour malware.
Tackling work interruption
Having faulty equipment is going to interrupt work, but most of those work interruptions are actually going to come from your staff. There are two kinds to tackle. Internal interruption is caused by things like distractions. Engaging employees in their tasks and making sure they can’t access distracting websites can help you tackle that. External interruption is caused by other people. Fixing that is about fixing the culture of the workplace. Teach people to prioritise and keep checklists of tasks that come their way. Teach them to send their requests for co-workers in emails marked with codes based on how high a priority is. If someone needs help that will free up their otherwise obstructed workflow, that needs to be a code red. Whereas tasks that aren’t as important can be marked so and thus prove less of a distraction.
Track absolutely everything
Just like tracking the physical assets in the business, you should be tracking the workflow of the office as well. Get an objective overview of how employees are doing by developing key performance indicators. Set measurable goals. Make sure they’re crafted with them to help, so you measure them by the roles they’re supposed to be doing, not some arbitrary numbers.
Your employees, your equipment and your time all need to be used to the fullest of their abilities. Don’t find yourself sinking because of a pile of little problems rolled into one.