Every business goes through growing pains. You feel it in your resources, your outreach, and your employees. When your company is first growing, you will feel the pains worse, but even an experienced company can’t ignore the fact that they’re still there. The thing is that you can use certain tactics to cope with the “growing pains” and resolve them over time. You have to be willing to use time and resources to fix the problems that the company is facing. You will find that when you do, your employees – and you– will feel less stressed. This will allow you to focus on other important issues that you might be facing. To help you overcome these early stresses, here are the best ways that you can reduce the pains of growing.
1. Write Everything Down
When you’re growing, you’re forced to create new positions to take care of things that you haven’t had to deal with before. It becomes confusing for the different employees that you’ve hired and for the managers when positions start to overlap, and everyone is doing parts of someone else’s job. The problem here is that there’s a lack of communication and a lack of organization. So, how do you fix it? You have to write everything down and keep it organized. Make sure that everyone has access to the responsibilities of each position in your business. If someone gets confused, they can look up the responsibilities that they have and clarify the ones that they don’t.
2. Appoint Team Leaders
Organize your employees into groups so that each employee has someone to whom they are held accountable. They have to report to their team leaders and their other group members. Every week, have your team leaders talk with their teams and discuss what’s working and what’s not. This will help to keep everyone accountable. People are more likely to work hard for when they have someone who they need to report to weekly. Goals and documented responsibilities will hold everyone accountable. Without accountability, there will be complacency and complacency will lead to a more and more growing pains within the business.
3. Evaluate Your Finances
Once you’ve been in business long enough to become established in your community, you’ll realize that your finances are being spent in places where you don’t need to be spending. You should make a habit of going over your finances monthly. Evaluate the pros and the cons of the expenses that are in your budget and figure out ways to cut down. This doesn’t mean that you should start letting go of employees. It means that you should decide the things that are good for your business and let go of the things that are simply neutral. Don’t get so caught up in your profits that you start to spend everything that the company earns. You can use small business tools to help you realize what’s important to the business and what isn’t.
4. Allow Employees to Work From Home
Now that you’ve grown large enough, you might want to consider allowing some of your trusted employees to work from home most days of the week. There are a surprising amount of benefits that come from allowing employees to work from home. It helps the business because it saves money. It also allows them to focus and work around their own schedules which helps them to be more productive and get more work done. However, you should give each employee interested in working from home a trial period to make sure that they’re capable of doing it without getting distracted.
No matter how large your company is, you will experience growing pains as you stretch your resources and move around the globe. Because of that, it’s important to help your business becomes flexible and move with the growth. You should take measures to ensure that your employees understand the changes that are being made and make an effort to help and guide them.