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Need Amazing Office Space? Here’s What You Need to Consider

Office Space.jpgAn office is seen as a pretty basic step for a business. Sure, no-one thinks it’s going to be an absolute breeze to find the perfect place for your company. But there are usually so many factors at play that business owners don’t even consider before they make their final decision.

Your employees are going to be greatly affected by the location, the design, and the amount of space. And anything that affects your employees is going to affect the output of your company.

Here are a few of the things you need to pay closer attention to than you might be already.

Location

If your office is in a big thriving city, then it’s obviously going to carry a sense of “cool” with it. A lot of employees love to work in places like London or New York City just because they’re such busy and famous cities. On the other hand, such cities can often be a hassle to work in.

How far away is your workplace going to be from reasonable residential areas? If you’re working in the heart of a commercial hub, then most people living there are going to be high-earners already. That demographic might not be where you’re expecting to pull workers from. You should also consider if you’d be willing to cover the high travel expenses that come with being in such a city.

Size

It’s tricky working out what size you want your office to be. If you’re expecting to grow, then you’ll want to have some extra space. But if you get too much space, then you could be throwing money away. Your best bet is to look at it in terms of percentage. How likely is it that your employee number will grow by, say, 25% in the next two or three years? Work that out and plan office space accordingly.

Of course, if your business is really small, or even a solo operation? Then the type of office you’ll want to work in doesn’t need to be too elaborate. In fact, you could even look into a co-working office. If you need a professional space in which to do business, this could be the ideal solution. Not everyone can run operations from home all the time, after all!

Style

The style of your office is going to affect the first impressions of both employees and clients. When you’re shopping around for offices, style is one of the things you should keep a sharp eye on. But remember that the style of your office won’t be apparent immediately. Try to picture what it will look like once you’ve got all your equipment in there. What looks like a good style might turn out to be pretty uncomfortable!

The layout will have a big effect on the atmosphere of your office. For most companies, the layout will be dictated by the existing style of the office as well as its size. But another thing you should consider is the presence of natural light. The more natural light you can get in an office, the better. It’s better for worker productivity, much more so than artificial lighting!

 

 

Master the Manufacturing Industry by Learning These Hidden Secrets

Manufacturing.jpgMany people ask me how I’d define a successful entrepreneur. For me, it’s all about how you compete within your industry. If you’re sitting near the top and beating the competition, then you’re a success in my eyes.

With regards to that, today, I’ll be looking at the manufacturing industry. There’s a big trend of people starting small manufacturing companies. So, I wanted to provide some industry secrets that will help you beat the competition.

Make-To-Order Will Get You Ahead

One of the best secrets in manufacturing is that make-to-order businesses the way forward especially if you’re new and just starting out. Make-to-order refers to giving your customers the chance to order a product that’s customized for them. In essence, they have control over what is being made. The reason this is a great idea is that consumers love having the power. It also means you get customer satisfaction every time, as you make what they order.

There are a few extra tips to make this idea work for you. For one, you can find plenty of things like the Epicor Vantage system that will help you out. Systems like this help make sense of the whole process. They’ll keep you organized and on the right path. Secondly, specify in a particular sector. For example, some make-to-order companies only make electronics. This helps you focus on one area, and put all of your efforts into one thing.

Maximize Productivity at All Times

Think about the main aims of a manufacturing business. Primarily, you want to make products for your customers. And, you want to do this as quick as possible, to keep them happy. How will you get things done quickly if you aren’t productive? It’s imperative that your company maximizes its productivity levels. Time is money, and it shouldn’t be wasted.

Many experts have had success boosting their productivity by looking at product design. It’s suggested that your product design teams work very closely with the production team. This way, they can work on figuring out the best and quickest ways to make each component. All it takes is a little teamwork to make your business more efficient.

Always Stay In Contact With Suppliers

When most people start a production company, they pay a lot of attention to suppliers. They spend ages doing research and finding the most suitable suppliers for their needs. And, this is good; this is exactly what you need to do. But, what you shouldn’t do is forget about your suppliers. Some people sign the contracts, and then don’t pay much attention to their supplier. As long as they get what they need, they’re sorted.

But, what happens if your supplier is in financial difficulty? They might go bankrupt and fail to supply you anymore. If you stay in contact with them, you’ll know of any problems before they happen. You can be more prepared, and start looking for another supplier. Always pay attention to your suppliers to ensure they don’t damage your business.

That’s all there is to it, three simple secrets you didn’t know about before today. Apply them to your company, and you will take the manufacturing world by storm.

 

 

6 Simple Strategies for Making Your Staff Feel Valued Without Breaking the Bank

6 simple strategies.jpgAs a business owner, you might assume that you’ll have to pay top money to get the best people working for you. The truth is, money isn’t everything when it comes to hiring new staff. And, believe it or not, a salary isn’t the only reason people consider taking jobs with new employers!

Some companies use a variety of strategies to attract new talent and keep them on board. If that’s not something your firm has cracked yet, what can you do?

Well, it’s worth looking into these six simple strategies. What they will do is keep your staff feeling valued and appreciated. They’ll also be more likely to produce high-quality work for you at all times! So, without further ado, here are the things you should do in your business:

  1. Make sure you are paying them a fair wage

First of all, you should start by taking a look at what you pay your staff. The thing about salaries is they are not set in stone. What you pay your employees will depend on various factors. The location of your business plus their skills and previous experience are three examples.

Did you know that pay and salary surveys are useful sources of information on the subject? You could also check what local competitors pay their staff. Usually, the way to find out that information is through job board websites.

  1. Make your employees a part of the family

These days, there is a plethora of ways to make workers feel valued. One thing you could do is make them a part of your corporate family! How? The answer is simple: offer them share options in your business.

It’s an interesting yet effective way of boosting productivity as well. That’s because share dividends will be higher if the company does better than expected. And so, that will encourage your staff to work harder and produce better results.

  1. Recognize each worker’s efforts

All too often, business leaders seldom thank their employees for a job well done. Sure, they expect them to produce consistently good work at all time. But, it seems the culture in business these days is just to chastise people.

Instead of focusing just on the negatives, you should give credit where it’s due. You don’t need to hold award ceremonies for your staff. A simple “thank you” letter is often enough to keep morale high. If you are feeling generous, you could even take your team out for a meal one evening to say thanks!

  1. Help your employees work on their personal development goals

Yes, your staff will no doubt have the skills necessary to carry out their work each day. But, you can guarantee they might struggle with certain personal skills. One interesting way to keep your staff feeling valued is to work with them on their development goals.
For example, could they benefit from advanced customer service training? Perhaps they would like to learn more about IT and computers? It’s worth identifying what those personal development needs are and addressing them.

  1. Allow your staff to have a sense of ownership

Let’s face it; we all don’t like getting told what to do! Yes, I know, employees get paid to carry out specific tasks. But, you don’t need to bark orders at them. Instead, why not give your staff a sense of ownership? By that, I mean allow them to approach how they complete their daily tasks.

Each person has their own thought processes and way of doing things. You might not think it, but there is more than one “right” way of completing a task. Their idea of the correct method might differ to yours. But, if they carry out the work and achieve the desired result their way, life will be easier for everyone.

  1. Include your team in project planning exercises

It’s no secret that business leaders have a variety of strategies to manage their teams. For some bosses, one strategy might be to delegate without discussion. The thing is; such an approach doesn’t make your workers feel valued.

Consider letting your staff have a say when planning a new project they will get involved with. You could invite them to contribute ideas that could cut time and costs. You may even wish to ask them for their opinions.

When tasks get completed as a team, morale will be high. Plus, everyone will enjoy a sense of achievement and satisfaction. It’s much better than a hierarchical strategy where “orders” get filtered down the chain.