Businesses have never been under more pressure to do more with less. But budgets and hours in the day are finite, so how do you unlock productivity and enable teams to get more done? And that was before the COVID-19 Crisis!
If you didn't have a CRM (Customer Relationship Management system) you were very limited in what you could do. But those with a CRM could email their customers, offer them takeaway food and drink services, and maintain contact to respond to changing needs. Having information stored in paper systems or spreadsheets is very limiting if you need to work remotely. Whether you run a cafe, sell parts, build houses or provide training - whatever you do, there will be a way to improve productivity, manage employees, and deliver better customer service by implementing digital information management tools.
With governments all over the World ordering lockdowns, closing businesses and ordering people to stay at home, there was little time to fundamentally change operations. Those businesses with better digital tools could adapt operations faster.
"When our construction sites were having to close, our Vision Management System provided realtime information on every plot. This meant we could manage the different developments more strategically and adapt to the changing situation more intelligently than many of our competitors."
Operations Director, Davidsons Homes
"Having an online management system enabled RISK to quickly deploy remote learning tools to course delegates. We are also agile in responding to the changing requirements of the regulating bodies as they adapt to the need for remote refresher courses and compliance driven qualifications."
Managing Director, RISK & Safety Management Services Ltd
"Our people could work from home almost as easy as they could at their office desk. This was simply because all the crucial business information was in a Digital Management System."
Managing Director, Torex Europe
Nobody that I know could have imagined the economic impact of COVID 19. So why did the companies above invest in digital information solutions? The answer's simple, people! Every business has some engagement with people, whether it's operations, employees, suppliers, or customers - if you deal with people you need a clear management process. Because people have different personalities, values and expectations - everybody thinks differently! Which means nobody can truly take responsibility for their results, because there are too many variables. People can only take responsibility for their actions, because these can be managed.
The success of a business depends on the ability of its management systems. Because management systems provide visibility on actions to maintain standards. Management systems can keep the business and its people compliant, enhance communication, stimulate innovation, and drive productivity. The broader the management, the greater the impact. Which means this must happen both within, and across, the three core functions of the business; Sales, Operations & Finance. All too often these functions operate in silo's and only the macro KPI's are visible. But if you look at any successful athlete or business, they measure the micro details to make minor adjustments. They gain competitive advantage through the compound effect of small incremental changes, across a range of activities.
The trouble is most 'off the shelf management systems' make you conform to their way, leaving little room for differentiation. This may be ok for finance software, which provides tax returns to a compliance standard, but it does not give you an edge. Operational software provides a chance to optimise what you do and create a differentiation point. What you do must be attractive to customers, how you do it must be efficient. Digital systems can take feedback from micro KPI's to give you a dashboard of what's working and what isn't. Helping you make the small incremental changes across a range of activities.
I can't believe any business owner is sitting at home hoping things will return as they were. The World has changed forever, the Covid-19 pandemic impact continues to shake the global economy and disrupt the way we live, work, and conduct business. Business leaders have past the initial shock of managing the immediate fallout, furloughing staff, adapting to remote working. Some have re-engineered working practices to abide by the new Social Distancing rules. But now it's about preparing for the 'new normal' - what's likely to be different? How has the crisis have impacted upon your customers expectations? What will they expect in the new normal?
There's never been a better time to reimagine your business. According to the management consultants McKinsey & Company, UK productivity is 40% behind that of the United States, and 20% behind that of Germany. The root cause of this 'productivity gap' identified as low labour productivity, driven by a lack of exposure to global best practice, combined with a lack of competitive pressure and poor skills. What if you could feed-off the COVID-19 crisis to shake up your businesses? If you want to close the gap and turbocharge productivity, then ask the following questions:
Business leaders should strive to see beyond short-term operational efficiencies and clearly identify competitive advantage opportunities through productivity. Simple common-sense leadership questions still apply despite the pandemic.
Quiet Storm has a proven track record of delivering bespoke digital management tools. Often helping clients find grant funding to support developments costs, but always delivering exceptional ROI. If you are thinking about re-imagining your processes, we can share some ideas and explore the opportunities. Just get in touch by calling 01530 510810 or emailing email@example.comBack