Are you and your staff prepared for an emergency? Sure, you have your emergency evacuation paper taped to different areas of your office, but what if other situations arrive? Emergency planning and training directly influence the outcome of an emergency situation. Having a written procedure and plan can mean the difference between chaos and control.
I found some information on the National Fire Protection Association web site. Here are a few items from their list:
- Emergency Escape Procedures and Emergency Escape Route Assignments.
- Procedures for Employees Who Remain on Site after the Alarm Sounds.
- Procedures to Account for Employees
- Procedures for Reporting Emergencies.
- Contacts for Further Information
- Alarm Systems
- Procedure for media attention
Batching or grouping like tasks together in Lean processes is discouraged. Why? Because often when we group tasks, we end up not finishing anything. I’ve seen this on more than one occasion in offices where someone started cleaning the supply closet. Everything got taken out but an interruption happened and it was never finished and thrown back helter skelter into the closet. Typically, a project like this would be better done shelf by shelf or drawer by drawer or one flow processing; not batching. To decide if you will be more productive batching or not batching, try it yourself. Now, here is the challenge, identify in your office and life what enhances productivity by batching or not batching.
How do you identify some of the tasks as to Batch or not to Batch? How about invoicing? Or newsletter? Or laundry? Or cooking?
If your business is getting a little too much for you to handle on your own, you may need to make the decision on whether or not to hire a full time staff member or an independent contractor.
Before making your decision make sure you understand the differences between the two. Here is just a few items to consider:
- Control over work
- Ability to sub-contract/delegate
- Basis of payment
- Equipment, tools and other assets
Whatever decision your business decides to make, be sure to understand the laws and regulations before you hire. Mis-classifications of an individual as an independent contractor may have a number of costly legal consequences.
If motivation and engagement seem to be a little less than stellar with your staff members, your office may have the post-holiday blues.
Combat the post-holiday blues by getting your staff back on board with your company’s vision and goals. Your staff needs to believe in what your company is trying to achieve. Get them to [Read More]
In business people come and people go. Sometimes it’s voluntary and other times, not so much. Either way your business needs to have a plan of action to keep from missing any steps.
No matter what the reason for separation an exit strategy should include a checklist. Your checklist should include items belonging to the business [Read More]
Business owners often have a love hate relationship with budgeting. The Fortune 1000 would not think about joining the next fiscal year WITHOUT a budget, so why is it so hard for the smaller business to do this time honored process. Here are the three areas I see that cause owners to get stuck.
1. Forecasting. [Read More]
Question: What are the basic parts of a business plan?
Answer: Oh, yes, the business plan which is often called the biggest term paper you will ever write. Well, that is if you are getting financing from someone other than your family or self. And yes, this is detailed, vetted and a lot of work. Below [Read More]
As a business owner, your age has a big effect on your attitude towards your business and how you feel about one day getting out. Here’s what research has shown:
Business owners between 25 and 47 years old Twenty- and thirty-something business owners grew up in an age where job security did not exist. They watched [Read More]
Have you been thinking about selling your business but just can’t decide if now is the best time? Do you find yourself repeatedly analyzing the economic situation and wishing you had a crystal ball? The signs are mixed on the horizon. If you’re still up in the air and can’t quite decide whether or not [Read More]
By the end of this week, the Holiday Music will begin. I like to think of this as the planning season to help create a stunning 2013. To make the most of a planning season, first stop obsessing about WHAT has happened and put your plan in place for what WILL happen.
We increase our chance [Read More]