Now more than ever, your business processes are vitally important. In times of economic austerity such as these, many businesses struggle to survive and often, it is the ones who do not streamline their processes that suffer the most. But, it is all well as good talking about streamlining your processes, but just how do you make your business ‘lean’? This blog post aims to find out…
What is Being ‘Lean’?
Being lean essentially means improving your systems to ensure that they are as efficient as possible for your organisations.
Lean systems are often found in highly profitable businesses, or ones that are at least incredibly competitive. This is because, by making your systems lean, you make them competitive, cost effective and so simple that all of your staff members can use them.
How Do You Work Out What to Improve?
Obviously it is simple to sit and say that you just need to upgrade your systems, but how?
Well, your first step should always be to consult your fellow staff members. It is these people who work on the shop floor ‘at the coalface’, using this technology. This means that they know its flaws, its weaknesses and most importantly, its strengths. For this reason, they should be the first people that you consult. From here, you’re best off discussing this with a specialist such as Evolve who can put your plans into action.
How Do You Do It?
No matter whether it is through small and incremental improvements or radical transformations, there is an option that you can choose. If you consider yourself to be ‘old school’ then it is well worth noting that it doesn’t have to be a radical change. Although obviously the option is there if that is your preferred choice, providing you with a more effective product and process.
What Are the Benefits?
Obviously, the option you choose for your business will have a different impact than it would for someone else. However, there are some immediate benefits if you make the right choice.
By making your systems lean you’ll increase your efficiency, increase the effectiveness of your business and increase your profits. Internally, you should have improved satisfaction levels from your employees and externally your customers should be happy, too.
To conclude, being lean as a business is essential in these financial times, but being lean is difficult. Consult with your staff about how you can improve your processes and start your journey to becoming a leaner and more efficient business today.