Over the years automation has become an integral factor in the growth, development and innovation of small businesses and nonprofits alike, as it allows organizations to free up more time and direct more energy into creating a strong workflow. Installing software to help cover repetitive or menial tasks has become one of the best ways for any organization to work efficiently and smartly.
Effective communication is a necessity for small businesses. Not only does it increase morale, engagement and commitment among employees, but it also reduces grievances that may arise from misunderstandings. To make sure that communication is clear and consistent, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are needed. Standard Operating Procedures are a list of step-by-step instructions on how certain tasks should be completed. Employees don’t have to guess what to do in various situations, because management will have already outlined a clear procedure to follow.
Every Monday morning, when the alarm signals the arrival of yet another work week, many employees roll out of bed with a sense of dread. Whether their dread is due to interpersonal issues with co-workers, the repetition of mundane tasks, or the amount of workload waiting to be done, this is not an ideal way to start the week.
Hootsuite, Quickbooks, Mailchimp, Zendesk… do any of these words ring a bell?
These programs and applications are just a few of the many tools that can be used to automate a small business. The old-school way of doing business (i.e. hiring lots of employees to perform various tasks manually), is no longer a viable option for small businesses that seek to be competitive in this day and age. With limited staff and limited time, small businesses require options that allow them to operate at the same level as bigger businesses; thus, the popularity of automation.
If you were a fan of the show The Office, you probably know that one of Michael Scott’s key tactics in boosting team morale was to throw a party. The parties would often range from hilariously awkward to inspiring and amazing, but they always seemed to succeed in bringing everyone together not only as a team, but also as friends. This is a great tactic in boosting company morale, and since Christmas is coming, there is no better time to get your staff together for a party than the present!