Every business, big or small, has gone through tough times at least once. For some, they might have had to cut corners and reduce the quality of their products. And others have had to let some employees go to keep their business afloat. Running a business with a limited workforce can be a challenge, especially for businesses that rely on staff to keep it going, like hotels and restaurants.
But working with only a few people on board isn’t impossible. There are ways to get around the meager supply of human resources with the right investments. So here are some ways you can keep your business running efficiently even without having a hundred employees at your beck and call.
Automate your business
Nowadays, automation is everywhere in business. Many business owners use automation programs to run certain operations, such as customer service, inventory, payroll, and employee management. Automation makes use of AI to perform tasks that employees would normally be hired to do.
If you’re a business that needs on-site staff to perform tasks, automation also exists in the form of actual robots that can do plenty of tasks for you. Bot automation isn’t a thing of sci-fi stories anymore. While the manufacturing industry has been using bots and technology for years to streamline costs andduties, smaller businesses can now use the same technology for their tasks, such as retail, hotel, and restaurant management.
Use cloud-based technology
Another technological tool of modern times is the cloud. Cloud computing can help your business immensely, especially in a work-from-home setting. Before, companies would need to have an IT mainframe that someone would be hired to maintain regularly. Not only was it expensive, but the task soon became a hassle.
Now with the internet and the cloud, backing up all your business’ data and other files has never been easier. You can store all your data in one place, access it any time you want, and no longer have to worry about the mainframe getting corrupted and losing all of your files.
Cloud-based technology also gives your employees access to files and other cloud-based tools even when away from work, making working from home much more feasible. It’s efficient, cost-effective, and saves you a lot of time in the long run.
Value the employees you do have
Whether you’re working with a small team of fewer than ten people or have more than fifty employees working under you, showing your employees that you value their health and well-being is one way to ensure that they stay with your company and keep turning in quality work. You can also implement some low cost rewards and recognition to keep them happy.
When you can only afford a limited workforce, making sure that none of your current employees decide to pursue other opportunities or leave for whatever reason is all the more important. Keeping your employees motivated and happy is key to making sure they stay.
Keep communicating openly with your employees, whether it’s face-to-face or from your computer screens. Be honest and transparent about the state of your business and what you need from them but keep an open mind and be understanding if it looks like they’re going through a tough time.
When employees are motivated and satisfied with their workplace, they may work more efficiently, have faster turnover times, and give higher quality work. Showing kindness and empathy to your employees is just one way to keep your business running smoothly and endear yourself to them.
Outsource other tasks
If you need a quick one-time job done, outsourcing those kinds of tasks is better than hiring another full-time employee. Tasks like graphic design, copywriting, and accounting can easily be outsourced, especially if you only need them for a short while. Outsourcing all other menial tasks saves you time, money, and effort.
If you’re wondering when it’s appropriate to outsource, consider what you want done, how long do you think it’ll take, and if you think you’ll need it frequently in the future. If a task can be done in a relatively short period and is only needed once, then outsourcing is your best friend.
Working with a limited workforce is all about looking for more efficient ways to make up for what you lack while still appreciating what you already have. You can still run a successful business even with a small team, so long as you value your employees, compensate them fairly, and look for cost-effective and efficient solutions to help ease the burden on both you and your workers.