For a lot of industries, the onset of December signaled the start of a significant slow-down. No major decisions were made (apart from where to host the office Christmas party) and your clients and customers were distracted by thoughts of their holidays and festivities.
During this time of year it’s easy to take your foot off the accelerator, but truly savvy businesses would have used this lull as less of a time to sit back and relax and take the opportunity to plan vital changes, upgrades, and improvements that will see them enter 2018 with a plan to upgrade their systems, rendering them in the best possible shape.
During the hustle and bustle of a busy year, it can be easy to neglect or de-prioritize basic organizational tasks that are key to your businesses’ productivity. A quiet start to the new year is the perfect time to get on top of this – clean up your emails, sort and organize your files and get rid of any unnecessary or unused software.
It’s also the ideal time to make more substantial changes and upgrades. If lots of your staff are taking time off and clients and customers are less engaged then you can take the necessary time to improve your systems with minimal disruption. By the time business picks up again the hard work will have been done and you’ll be able to hit the ground running.
Now whilst using quiet periods to improve the efficiency of your operations is always a good idea, the arrival of Amazon in the Australian market makes it more important than ever. It’s certain that their impact will soon be felt throughout many sectors of the economy, so it’s vital that you consider the possible impact and disruption that Amazon will have upon you, your employees and your clients, and think of areas in which you can improve to diminish that impact.
If all of this seems a bit daunting, we’re here to let you know that it doesn’t have to be. Get in touch with us here to find out more about how we can help you make the most of your downtime to improve your systems and meet the challenges of 2018 head-on.