It is no secret that running a business can be a costly endeavor. Starting a business takes a great deal of time, effort, and attention to detail. One of the biggest tasks that can take a great deal of time and effort is that of hiring staff and then providing them with the training that they need to be successful in their role as an employee. The time that you invest in your employees will pay off in great dividends in the long run as you will not have to worry about their performance or time on task. While every business owner is looking for ways to make ends meet and adjust their profit margins, this article will help you identify some ways that you can run your business in a budget-friendly way.
- Track time and attendance. Tracking time and attendance accurately can save your business a great deal of money. It may seem like an uphill battle to track time and attendance but it does not have to be. Some companies are investing in technological equipment to help them keep track of employee time. In addition, the use of an electronic absence compliance tracker helps keep employees and supervisors organized and up to date on leave balances. By tracking your employees time and attendance, you can save a great deal of money by not paying wages for time that employees did not spend on the job. For example, if your employee works 8-5pm but consistently shows up 5 or 10 minutes late, you are paying for 5-10 minutes of time that they are not working. While this may not seem like a big expense for tardiness, if all employees did this every day, you can face a great deal of costs associated with paying wages for time not worked.
- Eliminate machines that are obsolete. A great example of this is the standard fax machine. A fax machine can be expensive as you are paying for the phone line it is attached to along with any upkeep or maintenance that is required for the machine. By eliminating the use of a standard fax machine and opting to fax with inexpensive online services, you can save a substantial amount of money on an annual basis.
- Cut back on staff birthday parties. Many offices will celebrate every employee’s birthday individually. While this is a great gesture, it can end up costing your company hundreds of dollars annually. A few hundred dollars may not seem like it will make much of a difference, however over time the dollars can add up to a significant amount. While celebrating an employee’s birthday is great for morale, it is not necessary to celebrate them individually. Instead, you can still celebrate by doing so once a month. That way all the employees who celebrated a birthday during that month will be honored and celebrated. This may seem like a big change for the employees at first but over time they will get used to the idea.
- Training and conferences. It used to be that employees would need to travel to attend a conference or training. Due to advancements in technology, this is not necessary any longer as many conferences are now offering the option to participate via computer by streaming from afar. This can save your company a great deal of money on travel expenses and conference fees.