This year hasn’t been very kind but this is just the reason more to push your business further and let it run smoothly. The process is not easy even when there’s no global pandemic to keep everyone on edge. That said, you could use all the help you can get as a responsible entrepreneur. Keep on reading and keep your business strong in 2020.
1. You Need Free Time
Both you and your employees simply need to have specific work hours. This is the key to a well-operated business. Even if you’re working from home at the moment, it’s important to stick to a specific schedule and then allow everyone, including yourself, to forget about work once the workday is over. It’s all about working smarter – not stronger. What’s more, disregarding the working hours and pushing work into the free time can actually lead to accumulated stress and a considerable drop in productivity. Most importantly, don’t expect your employees to be there to answer every single question or deal with a task after they’ve clocked out, especially if they work from home. The more cohesion there is in the schedule, the better results you’ll get.
2. Outsource the Right Areas
Depending on the nature of your business, you won’t have to employ in-house every single department. For instance, if your business focuses on delivering websites and online presence to clients, you can focus your resources there and outsource an HR department. On the other hand, if you sell products to customers and are a relatively small business that still has space to grow and expand, you can benefit a lot from hiring an answering service for business. That way you’ll secure live support for your brand without having to worry about new employees. Not to mention that this can make a huge difference in 2020 when it can be difficult to manage new employees who are working from home.
3. Refrain from Hiring Friends/Family
This one can be really tricky but the best thing for your business in 2020 and in general would be to avoid hiring your friends or family members. Think about it – can you honestly say that you can be a fair boss to everyone and never treat them differently compared to other employees? Even if you can, can you be absolutely sure that your friend or family member would be understanding of your actions? When it comes to work, you have to focus on prosperity and productivity as a part of teamwork; there’s no time to stress over the fact that your loved one is not happy with your decisions at work and takes that dissatisfaction with other aspects of your life.
4. Forget About Micromanagement
Micromanagement is the worst thing you can do in terms of work productivity and employee satisfaction. After all, if you don’t trust an employee can do specific work well and feel the need to get involved, you might need to hire someone else. Or, if realistically they always do a good job, it might be a time to take a step back and allow your employees to do the work they’re paid for on their own. Micromanagement can make it seem like you’re looming over your departments, just looking for a way to criticize them, make them feel unappreciated, and even humiliate them. This can soon build up so much stress that the employee quits or drops productivity as they fear they’ll be fired whatever they do. This is not a way to create loyalty within a company and has to change in 2020.
5. Drop the Negative Clients
Every line of work requires you to deal with clients. Sadly, not all clients will be polite. Sometimes, there will be one or two clients who are simply never satisfied with whatever work you do and will always try to bring you down. Your employees will also waste a lot of their time that could be spent on valuable projects in order to appease these types of clients. But you know what? Your business won’t be ruined just because you lose a couple of bad clients. Actually, chances are everyone will deliver much better results without the stress of having to deal with those customers. So, if you notice that certain clients seem to make a habit out of complaining about your work constantly but without a good reason, it might be time to ditch them.
As a boss, you should always strive to show that you care for the well-being of your employees. This practice and mindset are especially crucial in 2020 when everyone is anxious and stressed out about the current situation in the world. In that respect, neither you nor they need additional worries and unreasonable workloads. It’s your responsibility to balance fairness and kindness.
Keep your business going strong in 2020 with the right business practices and attitude.
Taylor Parker is an American based writer and blogger. She is very passionate about family, fashion, health and lifestyle. Taylor writes mostly lifestyle articles, but also you’ll find her in home improvement and other niches.