Four Ways to Maintain the High Standards of Your Business
July 18, 2014
Not every business easily identifies which factors are important for success, and even fewer manage to maintain these levels in the long term. After all, there are many components involved in running a company; it really becomes a balancing act to make sure everything is taken into account.
That is why it can often be helpful to re-evaluate these factors; after all, you would not want to be among the number of businesses that let standards slip over time. This can have many negative implications, just some of which include a drop in sales, and in reputation.
To avoid this scenario, why don’t you use these four recommendations to your advantage?
1) Make good recruitment choices
Hiring (and firing, to a lesser extent) is an everyday part of business but that doesn’t mean that you should become blasé about the process. Put it this way, your members of staff are your most valuable asset, so it is important that this is reflected in your approach. Otherwise you may find that the overall quality levels of your workforce are affected by a couple of poorly decided hires. This can have other consequences such as decreased output and staff morale. You may find it helpful to get into running basic DBS checks when recruiting to immediately identify potentially problematic candidates.
2) Provide good training
Of course it isn’t just about the people you bring into the business – it’s also about what you do with them whilst they are with you. Many other business experts would agree with me when I say that happy and motivated staff are likely to stay with an organisation for longer. A great way to do this is by providing the training and development that they identify or ask for. Courses and workshops do usually have a price tag associated with them, but it is worth considering that you should be able to get a return on your investment with their increased skill set.
3) Maintain product quality
In line with this, you will also want to keep tabs on the quality of your product. Finding more economic solutions might be important to the business, just be sure that quality doesn’t drop as a result. Change can lead to customers making alternative buying decisions, so be sure to test as much as possible first. This may involve running focus groups for existing and potential customers.
4) Have a strong PR presence
It isn’t the case that all exposure is good for a company, so use PR experts to make sure your brand is viewed positively by the masses. It is also best practice to have procedures in place to deal with the ‘not so positive’ news coverage – this shows that you are quick to respond and react to any issues that may arise. You may want to have an in-house PR department, but you could hire an agency if you want a team of ready-made experts on hand.