Business owners often look for ways their companies can improve. After all, nothing is ever perfect and the more your company evolves, the more likely it is you’ll succeed long-term. Fortunately, improving your business doesn’t mean you have to make drastic changes. There are small skills everyone in your company can learn to help improve your business processes. Start by focusing on these often-overlooked business skills.
1. Problem-Solving Skills
Problem-solving skills are essential to every business, but it’s not something that comes naturally to everyone. Consider offering a Six Sigma certification program to your employees to help them improve their problem-solving skills. With the right training, your employees can learn how to solve problems on their own and acquire the skills needed to help you improve your business process. In the long run, this can help you streamline the steps employees take to complete tasks, increasing your overall quality and production levels.
2. Organizational Skills
As you work with your employees to improve and streamline your company processes, be sure to encourage proper organizational skills. Employees who possess good organizational skills often stay on top of things better than those who don’t. Additionally, employees with good organizational skills can be used to organize specific company events, including large business trips.
Throughout the training process, take note of which employees have exceptional organizational skills. These are the employees that you should put in charge of event and project organization. Not only will they keep important stuff organized properly, they are likely to take charge of projects and event planning, keeping everyone else on track and organized in the process.
3. Working Well with Others
When you run a company, it’s important to have employees that are team players. Unfortunately, some people work better on their own than they do as a team.
To help employees learn how to work well with others, consider planning some team building exercises or events. These exercises help build trust between individuals on a team, which in turn teaches your employees how to work with each other.
When choosing the type of team building activities and events to incorporate, consider the type of things your employees might enjoy. You want the activities you choose to be fun for everyone. If the activities are boring and feel forced, your employees aren’t as likely to learn as much from them. Some things to consider include:
- An office trivia game
- Painting murals throughout your office
- Community service events
- Scavenger hunts
- Creative contests — such as a contest to design a logo for their team or pumpkin carving contests at Halloween
While it’s important to choose activities that are interesting and/or fun, you should also consider choosing activities that help strengthen other skills. For example, creating an on-site escape room game for employees helps improve their problem-solving skills as well as their ability to work together as a team.
5. Communication Skills
Communication skills are important in the business world for more than one reason. Good communication skills help employees learn how to communicate with their manager and customers, but they also help your employees communicate with other members of their team — and good team communication is an essential part of any successful project.
To help improve your employees’ communication skills, set up team meetings in a way that engages employees in a discussion. A good way to do this is set up each meeting as a roundtable discussion instead of a presentation. Make it a point to ask employees for their honest opinions on relevant topics and encourage those who might be a bit shy to open up during team meeting sessions.
It’s often overlooked skills that make a big impact on the way your company gets things done. By focusing on improving your employees’ communication, teamwork, organizational, and problem-solving skills, they are able to help you streamline your business processes, understand how to fix areas your business is lacking, and keep important parts of your business organized and on track.