As a business owner, three of the most important things to you are to have your company running efficiently, effectively and profitably. However, there are always going to be times when things don’t go to plan. Hiccups in business are inevitable, and it’s what you do to fix those errors, problems or recurring niggles that can really move your business up to the next level. However, many people struggle with change, and whether it’s your fear of change, or your employees who like things “just so” it’s important to plan well for any upcoming changes within your business. Here, we show you a few simple tips to help implement long-term change in your business, without upsetting the applecart too much along the way.
- Don’t try to change it all straight away
When you’ve figured out what needs changing within your business, the temptation is to have a complete overhaul of all systems and processes and devise a completely new way of operating. However, this isn’t always the best way to go about making things better. Confusing your staff with too many new rules, regulations or processes can lead to dissatisfaction and can result in more errors too. By all means, change more than one thing at once, if it makes sense to do so, but bed that change in before implementing any more.
- Explain the change
Handing down a set of new rules or operating processes without explaining why you’re doing so can be a recipe for disaster. Explaining why you’re implementing change in the first place will allow your staff to realise that in essence, you’re doing this for their good too. A profitable and efficient company is one that will flourish, and provide safe jobs for your staff, so the emphasis should be on the team to help implement this change, which will effectively make their jobs better.
- Ask for Feedback
Allowing your staff to be involved in change will definitely help your team to work more in synergy. Hold an open meeting to announce the changes you’ll need to make and ask your employees to give their feedback. Another few sets of eyes on the plan might help to come up with some ideas you hadn’t considered, your employees will feel engaged, and you’ll be able to come up with an implementation plan that works for the whole business.
- Get some help
Whether you’re struggling to come up with an implementation plan, or you can see the problems within your systems and processes but don’t know where to start, then it may be time to get someone in to help. Here at Synergos Consultancy, we’ve been implementing positive change in businesses effectively for many years, and we’d be delighted to come in and talk to you about your needs.
If you’re looking at changing your business for the better, then why not give Synergos a call on 01484 817444, or email us firstname.lastname@example.org You could be running a better business in no time.