Depending on what industry you’re in, January is either an extremely busy time or the calm after the storm, and if you’re looking to relax after the pre Christmas rush, whilst it may be a welcome relief after the busy pre Christmas rush, it’s certainly no time to rest on your laurels. There are many benefits to taking your foot off the gas a little of course, but starting the new year with an audit is a great way to take stock of how well the last few months trading has gone, and put together a plan for improvements that will boost your business well into the new year. Whether you’re going for ISO 9001:2015 in 2016, or simply want to improve the way you run your business, there are many benefits to a January audit. Here, we explain just a few.
You’ll be in the right mind-set
After a short break over Christmas, you’re far more likely to look at 2016 as a new page. Taking a step back to enjoy your family and loved ones over Christmas will allow you to greet the new year with energy, vigour and a clearer mind, allowing you to get a better perspective on your business’ systems and processes.
You’ll have the pre-Christmas rush fresh in your mind
Whether you coped with the busy periods last year with ease, or you noticed some real problems within the structure of your business, evaluating the busy times and the things that went well (or went wrong!) will give you a great starting block to begin construction of a solid set of systems and processes to cope with any issues you may have had. Whether you need to look at how you work around staff holidays, or how secure your supply chain is, you’re far more likely to be able to solve these problems whilst they’re still fresh in your mind.
You can review your business in relative peace
In many industries, January is a quieter time, and having a quieter “in” tray will allow you to fully concentrate on the improvements you can bring for your business in 2016. Time is gold for business owners, so use that time carefully by putting in place some improved systems and processes and you’ll reap the benefits far into 2016. Whilst we’re not suggesting you spend all of your Christmas working, taking some time in January getting up to date with the latest industry news may provide you with some much needed insight into how you can better your business.
Of course, January may be an even busier time for some businesses, and some business owners may struggle with taking that important step back in order to get a full overview of how their business is working. If that’s the case, then Synergos Consultancy can certainly help. Whether you’re looking at gaining ISO 9001:2015 certification, or need some help with Health and Safety reviews, we can assist. Simply call 01484 817 444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and start 2016 with a commitment to a better business.