The road to business success can be thorny but also fun.
Given that there are too many generic posts out there, we’ll consider tips in a different light. We’re sure you know all about hybrid work models and stuff, so let’s go!
Offer Diversity and Inclusion Training
Learning apps are all around and eLearning is getting more creative by the minute, but we’ve promised we’ll provide a unique view.
Have you thought of eLearning for diversity and inclusion training sessions?
Pioneering diversity is always a good idea and with remote work bringing together people from different corners of the globe, the matter becomes even more important.
Cross-cultural training, in particular, is recommended.
On top of the usual training methods, you may also want to consider eLearning design software, also known as Learning Experience Design (LxD).
Basically, LxD is a mixture of User Interface Design (UxD), Interaction Design (IxD), and Content Strategy (CS) that serves targeted chunks of information.
Highlight Safety Topics
Safety should never be taken for granted. Safety for construction teams and more should be a priority.
If you’re dealing with construction, all the more reason to reconsider novel approaches and technologies, some of which we’ll mention hereby.
One novelty to the field is AI. Artificial intelligence can help with streamlining facility maintenance. Specifically, it can help businesses operate all kinds of machines remotely and use sensors to navigate various tasks.
The name of this particular AI technology is the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT software compares current performance data with historical data, making sure that assets are functioning properly and reporting to facility personnel.
Among other uses, it is capable of:
- Establishing baselines for asset performance indicators
- Determining upper and lower limits of asset performance
- Collecting utilization data
- Transmitting data to AI-empowered software
Another suggestion is to use drones. Nowadays, this technology is pretty much established and can provide a couple of benefits. Drones provide real-time data recording, which can improve project efficiency dramatically.
Commercial drones, commonly deployed in construction projects, come in two shapes: fixed-wing drones and rotary drones.
Fixed-wing drones fly higher, which makes them suitable for surveying and mapping. Rotary drones can hover, which makes them suitable for photography, aerial inspection, and structural scans.
Other notable examples of construction tech that can increase safety include 3-D Printing Houses, BIM Software, and LiDAR.
Make a Plan for Leadership Succession
Successful businesses are prone to making one critical mistake: disregarding succession.
Make sure to have leadership succession plans finalized, as it takes time to apply them.
In simple words, key leadership will one day be replaced, so it’s paramount to have a viable plan set up before that happens.
What is a leadership succession plan, exactly?
In simplest terms, it’s a plan for transitioning leaders without disrupting daily business operations. As such, the plan should identify key positions and target individuals suited to fill them.
Simply allocating the role is nowhere near enough. You’ll need to outline the steps leading to a successful transition to complex responsibilities. A succession plan should pinpoint the risks linked to leadership transition and devise efficient ways to address them.
Typical candidates are versed in company values, culture, and long-term strategy.
Efficiently Manage Your Deliveries and Shipping
Shipping, now, has always been unpredictable. With everything going on these days, it has become even more impossible to predict.
That’s why you should consider deploying streamlined software for delivery management and brainstorming your present procedures.
Compare Shipping Services
This should be the first logical step but some businesses simply go wrong about it. Namely, they compare only prices.
This is a huge no-go, since we know how unreliable shipping can be.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that the most expensive option is preferable; just that price range and quality of service should be balanced out.
Here are the factors to take into account:
- Delivery service type — the size of packages, the number of packages, etc.
- Delivery speed
- Security — compare different shipping services’ security policies
- Range of deliveries — if you’re dealing with oversized packages, look for delivery services that offer additional benefits in this regard
- Delivery costs — double-check with the service provider
- Professional overall experience — delivery services that are professional and easy to work with should be given priority
To measure shipping accuracy, divide the number of orders delivered timely by the total number of shipped orders.
Aim for a 99% accuracy and keep in mind that human errors are the usual culprit of poor shipping performance.
Use Only High-Quality Packing Materials
To prevent products from being damaged, make sure to use high-quality packing materials. Depending on the products being shipped, additional steps may come in handy (e.g., locks and seals).
Pay Attention to Shipping Labels
Further out, ensure that all shipping labels are detailed. The finest shipping labels include:
- Recipient’s name and delivery address
- Company info
- Package weight
- A handle with care warning for fragile orders
Audit Incoming Inventory
Next on, audit incoming inventory from the first- to the last step. Use the following checklist:
- Scheduling deliveries
- Double-checking the labels
- Count the products twice
- Confirm that all new products are stored properly
- Sign proof of delivery only after verifying the contents of the shipment
Use a Reliable Warehouse Management System
Lastly, consider deploying a warehouse management system (WMS).
A WMS ensures that all products are being moved through warehouses in an efficient way and tracks the inventory, facility, and transit in real-time.
A WMS comprises software and processes that allow the business to control and administer warehouse operations throughout.
We hope that this article will help you with novel ideas that go beyond the usual, recycled advice. Nowadays, new tech is omnipresent, so it is often difficult to see the forest for the trees.
Instead of following the hype, overwhelming your employees, and complicating established processes, businesses should focus on necessary tools that will help streamline routine procedures.
Think safety, efficiency, and planning for the future. Lay out detailed plans and make sure to follow through. Keep informed about new tech. Outline efficient routines that make necessary adjustments seamless. Invest in employee safety and education. Cumulatively, these factors are certain to lead to long-term success.
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