In our last article, we decided to show a different side of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), so we’ve covered Corporate Social Responsibility seen from the Customers Perspective.
In the article, we’ve brought up the following important points and explained in detail the following aspects:
- The Value and Importance Your Customers Bring to Your Business
- How are Your CSR efforts being perceived by your Customers
- How do You Efficiently Communicate Your CSR Strategy to Your Customers
- Tips for Better Communicating your CSR Message
For more information, you can find the full article here. where you will find the above points clearly presented.
In Today’s article, we will cover important tips and best practices on how to have a successful Q1 alongside some of the biggest mistakes business owners make today.
We’ve entered Q1 and we can already feel the Q1 madness emerging. (With the 2020 situation, the Q1 madness started earlier this year).
As we know, Q1 is the biggest quarter when it comes to spent money, revenue and hard work. Everyone is rushing and everyone is trying to finish all their ongoing and postponed projects, so we thought it’s the best time to share some of our tips and best practices during this time of the year. Let’s get started
Prepare Everything in Advance
Whenever you are planning sale promotions, launching new products, or extending your content marketing strategy, it’s essential for you to have an organized and well planned Q1. This is the time of the year where a lot of unexpected problems and situations occur, so it is very important for you to try to be as much as possible, on top of things.
We encourage you to prepare everything in advance. Don’t wait for the last week to decide on what products you want to promote or what inventory you want to purchase. Organize yourself as soon as possible. Start planning your steps now and be prepared to take action when needed.
If there is something that 2020 taught us, is that things can go bad quickly, and Q1 is not any different. Use the last months of the year to take charge of things and be on top of all your strategies and plans.
Improve the Retention Rate of Your Employees
We’ve said it many times and we will say it again: Your employees are your superpower, without a great, dedicated team, your Business will always hang by a thread.
The people you work with can either be your greatest value or your biggest weakness.
This is not new information, but it is an information that more often than not is being swept under the rug.
Q1 is one of the quarters where most of the employees decide to quit and burnout is more commonly seen during this period of time. The last months of the year are more challenging as the workload is bigger and stressful situations occur more often. Because of these reasons, it is essential to be more mindful of your employees and their well being.
Here are some tips you can consider:
- Provide more guidance and be more open minded (especially when needed)
- Celebrate your employees success more and encourage them to grow by offering them growth opportunities especially when the performance is there
- Have more one on one meetings with your employees. (Did you know that great managers take time to have one on one meetings at least once per week with their employees just to listen and hear them out?)
- Be more flexible and offer more benefits
- Build connections and get to know your employees more
Be mindful of How you Spend your Time
It is very easy to go overboard and work more than your body can handle. The last months of the year are the months where we are more likely to focus on problem solving and analysing how this year worked out for us. Because of these reasons, especially if we are not seeing the results we want, it becomes a very common practice to work more and stress ourselves more.
While working more and being disciplined it is very good, it is really important to draw a line and be mindful of how we take care of ourselves. If we are not eating properly or skipping hours of sleep, we will not be able to give our best ideas where they are needed.
We encourage you to be disciplined but also be mindful of your time and your energy levels. You will not be able to achieve your target goals and strategies if you are not feeling well and if you are not performing at your highest, optimum level.
Increase Work Efficiency
Work efficiency refers to the task completed in a given time period. The work efficiency can be done by an employee, a leader or a department. Work efficiently is especially important when there is an increase in the amount of tasks and activities that are happening or are being done.
In order to be on top of things, here are our top things you can do to increase the work efficiency:
- Learn to Communicate Better and re-assign tasks to the person that is more likely to get the job done (well) in the best time
- Encourage your team to learn new skills (as needed)
- Have Clear Goals (SMART)
- Learn to be Focused
- Set Clear Boundaries and Say No as needed
- Accept that it is normal to take breaks and recharge.
In Conclusion, we know how important Q1 is to everyone and this article highlighted some tips and best practices we can all do to have an improved, better end of the year. We hope this article was helpful and offered you some ideas and insights you can work on in the last months of the year.
We wish you a strong Q1 with amazing results and do not be afraid to let us know in case you liked this article or if you found it helpful.
Stay close, as in the next article, we will cover important aspects about best practices from working from home.