It’s rarely a good thing to make a job harder on your employees. After all, they often have so much they need to attend to in a day that their time is exceedingly valuable, and unnecessarily complex tasks often lead them to waste that precious time. Of course, that doesn’t mean everything should be streamlined, because complexity can sometimes render a better result. It’s a balancing act that you need to consider when structuring your workflow process, or when equipping your staff for the job.
How can you make the distinction? It entirely depends on the job you wish to do. However, what you can do is apply some important and quite rational standards to their daily workflow in order to help them more adequately complete their tasks, not making the job easier, but rather making their ability to contend with such a job stronger and more flexible. In that respect, you will have hit a brilliant balancing point that not only empowers your staff, but gives them a certain sense of intelligent autonomy.
Let’s see what this means in practice:
Equip Them Thoroughly
Equip your staff thoroughly. This might mean enabling them to use the highest quality tools, from safety equipment right down to the backer rod used to enable a more consistent construction job. If your staff track large amounts of visual information during the day, making sure each office terminal is afforded two monitors can help with this task, for example. Thoroughly equipping staff may even mean ensuring the fax machine in the office, even in 2021, is highly functional if needs be. Our direct investment matters here.
Commit To Regular Training Developments
It’s essential to commit to regular training developments as and when you can. Remember that your staff also rely on their skillsets as tools, and so allowing them to expand, to take on tasks that challenge them, and to undergo practical work placements can help them thoroughly. If you can achieve this kind of process, your staff are much more likely to focus on giving the best of their ability, feeling empowered to do so, rather than catching up all the time. This might take added investment, but you can bet that the process truly will pay for itself.
Understand The Jobs You Undertake
It’s important to keep staff on the same page. This might mean scheduling regular morning briefings now that remote work has become more of a universal concept. It could mean ensuring that questions are answered by means of a briefing, or that design priorities are listed so even creative professionals in your firm know where to start. Giving staff the time to prepare for a job is sometimes just as effective as equipping them to do it, no matter if that means giving them time for quotes, or in talking to clients before conducting work for them.
With this advice, we hope you can more easily make jobs easier for your employees. Every element of support you give is ultimately one you benefit from.