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Are you getting more work than you can handle?

May 21, 2019

Getting lots of work can bring great relief if you’re managing a small business. However, one of the tricky things about business operation is the ‘flood or famine’ aspect – sometimes having heaps of work can quickly become too much to handle. That can bring its own set of challenges.

Here are some ideas for coping with those challenges.

Do you have the right equipment?

Having the right equipment to do the job is closely linked with employee satisfaction.

This is true for staff as well as business owners and managers. The right equipment gives people a sense of control over their work and can also improve productivity and safety.

Whether you need a major piece of new or used equipment, or an adjustment or add-on to an existing piece of equipment, it’s important to first conduct a budget review. This will help you decide what you can afford, as well as how much productivity that equipment will help deliver over time. A trusted advisor can assist in creating a cost–benefit analysis for this equipment.

All of this will lead you to not only decide which equipment will best suit the job, but whether it should be purchased new or used, leased long-term or hired for short-term use.

Another factor to keep in mind is that those who are currently doing the job are often in a good position to suggest which equipment they need to help them. Offering your staff some options and seeking feedback can ensure your purchase is productive, as well as improving staff morale.

Assess your staffing levels

If you have lots of work and not enough people to do it, it might be time to start upsizing your staff list.

It’s important to take the time to make sure you manage this properly. Instead of rushing into hiring the same types of people you already have, consider whether you need to bring some different skills into the mix. And look at whether your forecasts show you’ll have a steadily high amount of work for the foreseeable future and, if not, it might be worth hiring on a casual or fixed-term basis.

Work smarter, not harder

It’s tempting to think that being busy means taking on more hours and putting in more effort. But it’s likely that, as a small business owner, you’re already working plenty of hours and giving your all.

Instead, try flipping the idea around: can you work smarter instead of harder? Perhaps take on people who can do the smaller tasks to allow you to concentrate on the bigger picture, creating stronger habits for you and your staff. Or purchase equipment that can make jobs faster so you could handle the workload with greater ease.

If you have an excess of work, there are plenty of ways to handle it so that it forms part of your business growth.