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Small business Tip of the Week: Workplace organization can spur higher profits

Aug. 2, 2010 at 3:02 a.m.

Kacey Lindemann

When thinking about organization in the workplace, the motto should be: "A place for everything and everything in its place."

Office organization is a vital part of increasing your efficiency and getting more work done in less time. If you add up all the time that's eaten up by looking for the stapler or finding the right spreadsheet, you'll probably be shocked to see it add up to hours every week - hours that could be spent more effectively promoting your business or simply getting the work done. In addition, the accumulation of "stuff" presents a barrier to carrying out the essential tasks of business.

If you want to improve the productivity of your organization, you must have some form of workplace organization in play. If you do not have a workplace organization program in place, you might not ever achieve your full potential.

Workplace organization is critical to keeping your office and business on the track of success. For example, keep filing up to date. The person responsible for this task must be careful when placing documents. This will enable you, as the business owner, to easily and quickly locate files when needed.

Below are a few more tips to keeping your office neat:

1. Remove items that are not needed to support the daily work.

2. Organize those things which belong so that they are easy to find and use.

3. Keep equipment clean and working correctly to ensure that a quality product is produced.

4. Make certain the organization process is recognized by all your employees - and hold them accountable.

Organization is simple if the system is simple. Keep in mind the sole purpose of workplace organization is to make you, your employees and ultimately your business more efficient to allow for more productivity and higher profits.

Kacey Lindemann is a senior rural business advisor for the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Center. Contact her at 361-575-8944, or visit www.sbdc.uhv.edu.

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