Business Tip: Stay Organized in 2013

Jan. 22, 2013 at 9:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 22, 2013 at 7:23 p.m.

By Kacey Lindemann Butler

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 just 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 business, you must have some form of workplace organization in play in your business. 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 for success. For example, keep filing up to date, and whoever is responsible for this task is 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 that the organization process is recognized by all your employees and hold them accountable.

Organization is simple if the system is simple. Keep in mind that 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 Butler is a Certified Business Advisor at the University of Houston-Victoria Small Business Development Corporation.



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