...what you can get done today? That's easy. The answer is usually because it's a task that you would rather not do at all. We're all guilty from time to time. We find reasons to avoid doing jobs that we don't like for as long as possible. Most of the time it's not that big of a deal. The tasks eventually get done, and usually before they absolutely had to, so all is well. The problem for small business owners arises when you are paying your employees to avoid doing their work. For tips on how to avoid this scenario and to learn more about Stockpile, the robust small business inventory management solution that your business needs, keep reading.
Know Your Employees
If you get to know your employees you may have a pretty good idea of which tasks they are likely to try to avoid. The "Monica Geller" of the group isn't going to avoid cleaning the break room. The employee who has trouble maintaining a professional appearance and is prone to holding on to empty snack wrappers may do their best to avoid tidying up. Sometimes their natural inclinations may not be so obvious. Chatting with employees and general observation should give you a pretty idea of what tasks they like and which ones they are likely to shun. Knowing when to look for people slacking off can be half the battle.
Set Up Check Points
If you wait until the end of the day or the end of the week to check up on projects you'll have a hard time determining whether they were done in a timely manner or finished at the last minute. You may have paid your employees to avoid work and you may not even realize it. If you check in more frequently you're much more likely to notice people standing around chatting or checking social media when they should be getting things done.
Automate What You Can
The benefits of automation can be twofold. Number one, you can minimize the amount of work the employee actually has to do. They will appreciate that you made their job easier and that may motivate them to do in a more timely manner. Second, automation may by nature include some sort of check when they finish the process. This will give you an idea of how long it took them to get the job done.
Everyone likes to be appreciated and a small incentive can go a long way towards motivating people. When everyone is getting their job done on time and your business is running smoothly you could consider offering perks such as doughnuts on Fridays, extended lunch hours one day a week, or something similar. If you have some people who are getting things done and some who are riding the wave you can offer individual incentives just to recognize those who deserve it. Even something as simple as a traveling stuffed animal or plaque that shows the rest of the office who the weekly rock star is can provide an extraordinary incentive. Peer recognition can be incredibly motivating.
Many employees dread inventory tasks because of the headaches inherently involved. Stockpile makes inventory management easy. Adding records is a simple process. You can quickly create item records that meet your unique needs. Thanks to areas and locations you can be very specific about where items are kept. This makes locating inventory very straightforward and simple. It's easy to transfer items as well, whether you have one location or dozens. You never have to worry about outgrowing Stockpile because our solution is fully scalable. Stockpile robust small business inventory solution is designed for small businesses but it's also designed to grow with you. Running reports is simple as well. Gathering the data you need shouldn't be a time consuming, frustrating process. That's why we made it easy to generate the reports you need whether you're working on taxes or just end of year recaps. Why be tied to the office when it comes to managing your inventory? Thanks to Stockpile you can monitor your inventory on the go with your favorite mobile device. Stop putting off your inventory management tasks. Try Stockpile today!