Business management can, in some ways, be viewed as an art. For example, a painter knows that there are common and universal principles he must apply in order to create a worthwhile picture within a realistic style. He knows perspective, framing, the rule of thirds, certain brush strokes, mixing colors, and layering all contribute to a better image than if he hadn’t have used those techniques, and for that reason, he uses them. But he also has chance to interpret those brush strokes, to imply his own style upon the canvas.
Business management, while perhaps not as ‘artful’ as this, can draw similar parallels. Following rigid advice can often lead to a formulaic set of outcomes. There is a need for a personal style. But they must be constrained by elements that work, that are there to support the best need for progress. This is why business schools and administrative courses exist, much like you can take novice and advanced painting tuition.
But if you get this balance wrong – you might make things harder than they need to be. Let’s see what that might mean:
When you arrive at the office in the morning, how do you do it? With a smile, thinking of the tasks you must commit to throughout the day? Or in a rush, hurriedly trying to make it to the meeting you yourself organized, jam still on your cheek from the toast you had to eat in the car? Of course, perfecting the morning is not easy, particularly if you have children you need to drop off at school beforehand.
But it’s important to consider what you can do to develop your morning more clearly. When do you arrive at the office? When do you expect your team to be in? What are the pressing duties you first attend to? Do you have an itinerary all set up, or do you need to establish it the moment you decide to begin work?
On top of all this, it’s important to ensure you’re getting enough sleep. Less than 7-9 hours of sleep a night can have measurable issues in terms of your spontaneity, your charm, your ability to creatively think through problems, and your tolerance of issues. Some may think as though they have mastered the art of 6, 5, or even 4 hours of sleep a night – but the chances that you are genetically predisposed to that kind of ability is less likely than being struck by lightning today. So it’s essential that you keep your morning health in mind, and ensure that you’re getting enough rest. If you can do this, and plan your morning with enough time – you have a headstart and advantage to your day.
The times are now where two people, on opposite sides of the globe, can run an online business with one another and collaborate in real time. They may never meet. That’s how impressive our technological development is, and the fact we take that for granted says it all. This might mean you wish to manage your business less with an iron-fist, and more with an open sense of possibility. It can’t hurt to achieve.
Remote work can be a worthwhile and useful measure of ensuring your staff can keep all their responsibilities up to date. From excellent mobile workflow access to giving staff secure devices, ensuring that even those off-site have a potential to manage their responsibilities can be a huge benefit going forward – to the point of true surprise on your end. We would recommend implementing something like this, and measuring how well it’s used within your team. We wager that with access to all essential information on the fly, your staff are much more able to keep on top of their duties, schedule them for the next day well, and generally become much more productive than they are already.
Never allow some kind of artificial border to come between you and your team. Even if you can’t spend all day in the office, let your face be known. Talk to some of your staff. Praise good work when necessary, or be there for the confidential discipline you might have to apply. It’s not worth having some kind of strange social divide by means of hierarchy come between you and your office atmosphere.
If you can achieve this kind of friendliness-lite approach, you are sure to raise the morale of your team, but also generally feel much more supported and comfortable whenever you enter the office. That’s not a bad thing in the least, to our mind.
Ask For Feedback
It can be easy to second guess exactly what your staff are feeling, and how morale is day after day. Asking staff directly, as the person who pays their wages, can usually only result in false positivity coming back. Perhaps that positivity is actually authentic. Perhaps it isn’t. This is why ensuring staff are given a platform to speak, either publicly or through absolutely anonymous and confidential comment cards or feedback forms is essential.
This might also tip you off to issues in your office, such as an employee reporting workplace harassment, or perhaps a case of workplace bullying. It’s essential to know these things, because the perpetrators can often do everything in their power to continue it discreetly. Yet, of course, that kind of behavior has absolutely zero place in your firm, and must be stamped out firmly yet with care.
When you ask for feedback, staff are also allowed to give their true opinion on something. That can be worthwhile in itself. It might be that a large order has made staff feel as though if they don’t commit to overtime, they aren’t valued at your firm. Issues like this are worth changing, staying on top of, and moving through. Growing pains happen in every firm, it just depends how likely you are to pay attention.
With these tips – we hope you can ensure your business management is up to scratch.