Doing business is not easy in this world. There are so many challenges that have to be confronted and dealt with. But if handled in the right way, a business can be a pretty fun deal. The best part about doing business is that you need not do everything alone. You can always have someone to work under you or work with you to achieve the goal together.
For a business to learn smoothly, the structure of the business is fundamental. It can only be created by an effective leader. In a company, it is imperative to have different posts and positions for different kinds of employees to create an environment of responsibility and leadership. Here are two ways in which a business can be managed effectively.
1. Chain of Command
Establishing a proper chain of command increases the efficiency of the business. Each company has a different organizational structure, which translates to its chain of command. Having a good chain of command gives clarity in the daily operations of a company. It also helps in avoiding uncertainty and chaos in the work environment.
A company’s hierarchy starts with the CEO at the top. Generally, there are three general levels of management: top, middle, and front-line managers.
Top managers are in charge of the overall performance and health of the company by controlling and overseeing the entire organization. They are the ones who set the goals, objectives, and mission for the company.
Middle managers are responsible for achieving the objectives set by the top managers by developing and implementing activities. They oversee the first-line managers and make sure they are properly executing the activities they set out.
Front-line managers are in charge of supervising employees and coordinating their day-to-day activities. They need to make sure that the work done by their employees is consistent with the plans that the upper management set out for the company.
Once a chain of command is established in the company, it is important to know how to delegate assignments to the workforce.
Delegation is an important part of management. It provides a breathing space to managers by sharing their workload. As a result, managers can concentrate on tasks with higher priority. Further, freedom from routine work allows for the exploration of new ideas. It helps to establish accountability and therefore helps in increasing efficiency. Moreover, delegation helps save time for more important activities like strategizing, research, and extension of business prospects, which help increase the profits earned by the business in the long run.
Sometimes delegation of the tasks is not enough. Employees need a little more motivation than a responsibility to complete the task at hand efficiently. Their morale needs to be boosted to increase their productivity. They say, ‘happier the employees, wealthier the business.’ Here are little tips and tricks that can help increase the employee’s enthusiasm.
3. Incentive driven programs
The best way to increase productivity in the workforce is by incentivizing them. Let’s understand this with the help of an example of the management of the warehouse of a company. Let’s say an average worker in a warehouse packs 15 boxes a day. Now some workers pack 10 boxes here, and some might pack 20 boxes. This seems a little unfair, doesn’t it? To make it fair for all, and at the same time to motivate the workers who pack 10 boxes, we can introduce a performance-driven pay system.
According to this system, each worker who packs an average of 15 boxes earns a flat pay every month. The catch here is that now each worker who packs more than 15 boxes gets an extra income on each box starting from the 16th box. This plan will stimulate people to work more.
4. Creating a social environment
Once the necessities are met, people crave a sense of belongingness in society. This is why human beings are called social creatures. This theory applies to the workplace, as well.
As people make friends and bond with people they are working with, it will not only increase their willingness to work but will also help them be more productive in the workspace. For this reason, corporates worldwide celebrate festivals and throw parties on important days like the New Year. Who knew partying could help you increase profits?
5. Giving recognition and status
Praise or recognition is a non-financial incentive that satisfies the ego needs of the employees. Sometimes giving due credit becomes more effective than any other incentive. The employees will respond more to praise and try to provide the best of their abilities to a concern. Conducting an award system to felicitate the most hardworking and diligent employees is an excellent way to increase their productivity. Even major MNCs like Domino’s have an employee of the month program to appreciate their best employees.
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