Posted: Tue 6th Jun 2023
As the owner of a small business, boosting productivity is likely one of your top priorities. With limited resources and what feels like a never-ending to-do list, it can be challenging to keep up with the demands of running a business.
Increasing your productivity can bring a whole host of benefits, including higher profits, streamlined operations, and a better standard of work. Fortunately, there are proven strategies and techniques that can allow you to do more in less time. You can measure your productivity, make informed decisions, and continue to grow and thrive.
One of the key aims of the business.connected programme is to help businesses work more productively. The following video masterclasses and e-learning modules give you all the practical information and guidance you need to step up operations and stay competitive while achieving your goals.
By streamlining your processes and taking away any unnecessary steps, you can lower your costs and improve the overall efficiency of your operations. This can free up valuable time and resources that you can reinvest in other aspects of the business.
In this webinar, our experts touch on current productivity trends, share insight into how to boost productivity, and tell you how to make your work and operations as effective as possible.
How to increase your productivity with digital tools
It seems like not a day goes by without some new tool coming on the market that promises to help businesses work more productively.
Automation tools help to streamline repetitive and mundane tasks, allowing you to focus on the jobs that are more critical and valuable. Some common tasks you can automate with digital apps and software include sending emails, generating reports, and managing your social media accounts, among others.
In this webinar, professional development coach Ayse Basak Cinar explains which practical digital tools can help you make effective decisions, work collaboratively and prioritise and delegate like a true master:
Five clever hacks to boost your business's productivity
If you have staff, encouraging better teamwork is an effective strategy for improving productivity. Facilitating good collaboration allows you to delegate tasks based on your employees' skills and availability. When collaboration is done right, it makes achieving goals a much more realistic prospect.
With a more efficient and productive workforce, you can complete more tasks with less time and fewer resources. That means you can take on more projects and deliver them faster, increasing your revenue and profits in the process.
Enhanced productivity can also raise standards. Focused employees tend to produce work that's of a higher quality, helping to improve customer satisfaction and your business's reputation.
In this Lunch and Learn, business.connected adviser Emma Goode shares some clever hacks you can use to work more productively online. Learn which tools to use for teamwork, communication and collaborating remotely with colleagues:
The power of prioritising
Identifying which tasks are most important and will have the greatest impact on your business's success is crucial.
This may mean focusing on revenue-generating activities or tasks that directly contribute to making sure customers are satisfied. By prioritising tasks, you can make sure you're allocating your time and resources in the most effective way possible.
Using time management techniques such as to-do lists lets you make the absolute most of your time. As an organisation, it's essential to track and recognise the time you spend on each task. Make a to-do list at the start of each day, week or month, highlighting which tasks are high-priority and which aren't as urgent.
This short e-learning module explains why understanding how to define tasks by importance leads to higher productivity:
What to do when your productivity routine breaks down
In any business, there are productivity killers that impede workers' efficiency and make them less productive. Common examples include:
a lack of clarity
having too many distractions
You might have established routines or processes to keep yourself from falling prey to these productivity killers. But if those routines begin to break down, you'll need to identify the causes then reduce their effect.
Watch this brief e-learning module to find out why productivity routines aren't infallible. Learn how to deal with setbacks and kickstart your productivity once again:
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