3 Simple Ways to Organise Your Business

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As a small business owner, when you hear the word, “organisation,” as it relates to entrepreneurship or management, you might think about scheduling and organising your time. While that’s vital to any business, have you given thought to the physical organisation and layout of your operations center? Here are 3 Simple Ways to Organise Your Business:

Whether it's the office, a warehouse, a laboratory, or even a work truck, having better physical organisation will keep things running smoothly and, ultimately, raise your bottom line. Read on to find out why organisation matters and what you can do to improve it.

Benefits of Better Physical Organisation

If you’ve ever been an employee in a poorly organised environment, you already know that a lack of organisation can cause workers to feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and irritable. If you work for yourself, you know the extra pressure that poor organisation invites: Imagine needing to look up details of a project that you just know you’ve written down somewhere—only “somewhere” does not seem to be at your fingertips and your customer is currently on hold.

What can better physical organisation do for your business? 

  • Organisation increases company morale. Picture having a system where you and your employees know where everything is and can access it quickly. There’s no bickering or bumping into one another looking for supplies and no more embarrassing moments. Think about how much more pleasant the environment will be and how much less annoyed your employees will be.
  • Organisation boosts efficiency. The correlation between organization and efficiency is obvious: If you can’t find what you’re looking for or you’re moving piles of paperwork from one location to another, you’re not going to be able to get your work done as efficiently. Getting everything in order allows you to work more quickly and effectively.
  • Organisation minimizes errors. Whether it’s giving a customer the wrong information, losing a box of important supplies, or suffering a physical injury from climbing over stacked up items, a lack of organization can cause havoc in your business. Taking control of the situation can reduce the number of mistakes that happen and can save you from expensive errors.

3 Simple Ways to Get Your Business More Organised

Not sure where to start in cleaning up the clutter in your workspace? Here are some tips:

  1. Let your employees know the new expectations. If you’ve been lax in allowing mayhem to rule, they will need some time to get their acts together. Be clear about what you expect: tidy desks, no more stacked boxes in the warehouse, bins with lids holding supplies in the work trucks, and so on. Just as importantly, inspect what you expect and let them know you’ll be checking on a weekly basis (and then do it!).
  2. Find a home for every item. You’ve heard the adage, “a place for everything and everything in its place,” and this is the real-life application. Every item should have a home, and everyone who works in that space should know where the home is. This is particularly important in a warehouse space, where organising warehouse inventory strategically can cause productivity to skyrocket.
  3. Get bigger garbage cans. This sounds silly, but it really works, explains business-management guru Neil Patel. Much of what comes into the business is trash, and when people leave trash around, it accumulates and mixes with important items. A larger trash can and more trash cans placed strategically around the workspace will encourage people to throw things away and make more space for their supplies.

Better business organisation is a never-ending cycle; it’s not as though you can organise everything once and then forget about it. But getting yourself and your employees into the habit of keeping the place physically neat and tidy will definitely deliver non-tangible benefits.

Over to you now. What's your experience of keeping the office or business organised? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

 

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