While we often think of spring cleaning our homes, we can also take this opportunity to do this for our business as well.
Part of the dreariness we feel can be purely because our lives lack variety, excitement and a little bit of a refreshing change. Small business owners can direct new life into their business by applying the same concept of spring cleaning, in their workplace.
So where can we apply the 'Spring Cleaning' wand around our business?
There are several areas that we can begin the clean up. It could be a physical thing, such as clearing out old files, or maybe a mental attitude which we can renew, with some different ways of thinking and approaching our everyday tasks.
The environment we work in can be a great place to start our 'Spring Clean', and here are some quick ideas that can help lift the mood and brighten the workplace:
Clear your desk of unnecessary paperwork
Filing and Organising drawers
Purchase new supplies if needed
Securely store cables, electrical cords, and other items away from walkways
Bring in some plants
Clear out your email inbox
Check and organise your space from any OH&S Hazards
Hire a cleaner for the day to dust, vacuum and clean windows / areas that normally don't get attention
Declutter and throw out unwanted rubbish or unused items that are cluttering the space you are trying to work in
Like the lifeblood of your business, the flow should be seamless. Take a moment to consider some of these things that could do with a little of that 'Spring Cleaning' magic:
Update your Job Descriptions, Organisational Chart, Roles and Responsibilities
Update your current business Policies and Procedures
Engage an automated Back-up system for your digital files
Stop doing things that you feel are a waste of time and are non-essential to the business function
Upgrade your workplace technology that supports your business
Put new systems into practice that can increase your efficiency
Get rid of redundant processes or time consuming activities that are non-productive
Having Goals gives everyone something to strive for. It gives us hope and encouragement to take the steps towards being better. It is always great to remember that whenever writing goals, they have to be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) business goals.
Set a new Marketing Plan
Review your Website and Social Media
Review and update your Business Plan
Update your Company's Mission Statement and Vision Statement
Clean up your customer database - discard out of date information / contacts
Set some new Business Targets for the coming 12 months
Find a new and innovative way to motivate your staff
Implement a Reward and Recognition system within your business (e.g. Employee of the Month)
Put your Goals and Objectives on a colourful chart so that everyone can see them
There is nothing quite like the feeling of a clean and tidy office. It presents more professional to clients, as well as boosting morale within the workplace. Having a great looking and neatly organised office increases our enjoyment factor within our own business and we can take pride in knowing that we have achieved a great level of success, just by giving the once over during a 'Spring Clean'.
Put your best foot forward in business, and even if the 'Spring Clean' is not an annual event in your business, it is still a great opportunity to find ways to improve effectiveness and efficiency within your business.
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