Dec 12, 2015
An efficient workspace is something every small business really needs to have if they want to turn a profit. The problem is that you can’t always create an efficient space when you don’t have a ton of money to invest.
There are things that you can do to make your work area a little bit calmer and more efficient though. Use this guide to help you do that this year. You’ll save money, reduce injuries and avoid downtime in your workspace.
Hire Better Employees
When you’re running any sort of small business, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the thing that hampers productivity most is your employees. Employees that aren’t committed to working will take breaks longer than desired, work slowly and not even show up when it is important that they do so.
That’s why you need to make sure that you’re hiring employees that really want to work for you. Put them through a thorough screening process and get somebody to conduct the interviews that cares about productivity if you can’t do it yourself.
Otherwise you’ll end up with lazy employees that don’t do your company any real good at all.
Perform Drug Tests
Drug testing is a subject many small business owners really don’t want to think or talk about because it’s so controversial. After all, no employees want to be treated like they’re not trusted on a regular basis.
The problem is that employees who show up to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol in a manufacturing or warehouse space can cause serious damage to your efficiency. They can also cause the people in your workspace to be put into harms way on a regular basis.
You don’t want lawsuits or seriously injured employees to impact your bottom line.
Check Machines Regularly
There are a lot of warehouses and machine shops out there with less than 20 full time employees. If you’re doing manufacturing on any scale or handling large amounts of items in your warehouse, you need to take regular care of your machines.
For example, items like a beveling machine can’t work very well if they don’t get regular care. The same goes for things like dollies and ladders, so don’t neglect any of your equipment.
Make sure your warehouse or shop manager is inspecting your equipment on a regular basis. Otherwise you’ll end up buying new equipment before you really need to.