Death By Admin: 35% of Business Owners Waste Their Days Doing Paperwork

Death By Admin: 35% of Business Owners Waste Their Days Doing Paperwork

35% of UK small business owners waste the majority of their day doing admin – neglecting more important issues such as customer service, according to new research by Immervox. The Immervox UK Management Productivity study has revealed that nearly 25% of all small employers feel that planning for the future is the most important task they could be getting up to, but just 17% spend their time doing such. It’s suggested that business owners overloading themselves with paperwork is causing serious strains on their company’s performance, as 21% spend most of their time ‘resolving issues’ with less than 10% ensuring their customer service is up to scratch. When it comes to productivity, 25% feel disorganisation prevents the business from growing, followed by too much admin (18.18%), poor interna... »

Small Business Efficiency Linked to Increase in Sales

Productivity and adoption of new technology contributes to small business growth Small businesses who prioritise operational efficiency experienced a greater increase in sales with 70% witnessing a growth compared to 50% of ‘unproductive’ firms, according to a report by the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) and Exact. Of the small and mid-sized companies who believe they operate below the efficiency average, 24% experienced a decrease in sales compared to only 8% of the ‘above average’ firms. In regards to the small and mid-sized businesses who were struggling to be productive, 36% said that a lack of time hindered their ability to make process improvements, with 46% spending between 10 to 20% of their time on non-productive tasks. The report, which featured a... »

Small Businesses Forecasting Productivity Gains

Improvements in the market, technology, management and skill levels cited as main reasons for small and mid-sized business optimism New research has revealed the majority of small firms (63%) predict productivity gains in the next 12 to 24 months. Businesses predicted an average increased productivity of 9%, with market conditions cited as the main reason (42%), followed by improved technology (13%), management (13%) and skills (11%). The report, by venture capitalinvestor Albion Ventures, also revealed what industries and regions are most confident in their ability to increase productivity over the next year or two. Manufacturing firms are most assured (74%), whereas firms in the hospitality industry are the least confident at 41%. In regard to regions, businesses in the North West are th... »

How to Work Anywhere you Want

Why tie yourself down to an office and a desk? With the right technology, you can be more productive working anywhere you want: at home, in the office, with clients or even in a local coffee shop. Mobile working can make you more productive and responsive to customers, as well as helping you achieve a better work/life balance. Indeed, this kind of personal freedom is the reason why many people decide to start their own business in the first place. It’s important to get the right notebook and to be able to get online using Wi-Fi or 3G mobile broadband. Mobile working also gives you access to your files and the latest forms of communication, such as instant messaging and blogs, whenever you need them. Mobile working checklist Understand the benefits. One of the reasons you’re sta... »

Working from Home More Productive than Office

People who work from home are more productive than their office-based colleagues, a study revealed yesterday. Despite the stereotype that home-based workers get an easier ride than people in an office, researchers found they are actually less likely to spend their day surfing the internet and making personal phone calls. On top of that, people who work from home are also more likely to work evening and weekends and take fewer lunch breaks. A spokesperson for labelling solutions provider DYMO, which carried out the study, said “Whenever anyone says they work from home, it’s easy to picture them still in their pyjamas at lunchtime watching daytime television.” “But it seems that they are actually working harder than their office-based counterparts.” “While it mi... »

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Time-management Key for Homeworkers

Work Wise UK has urged employers with doubts over the productivity of homeworkers to train these staff to manage their time effectively. Research from Plantronics, a communication headset provider, revealed that a fifth of employers believe that homeworkers do less work than those based in the workplace. Work Wise UK chief executive Phil Flaxton said: “Homeworkers are as productive as those in the workplace, if they are re–trained to be able to manage their own time. Working remotely, your contribution to the business changes. When you go to the workplace you are judged on the input that you make while you’re there, but when you work remotely it’s about managing your workload independently.” “Employers are often reluctant to provide homeworking opportuni... »

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Firms Risk Productivity as Staff Skip Fresh Air Breaks

Employment law firm Croner Consulting has warned employers are risking a slump in morale and productivity, as three quarters of office workers get less than one hour of fresh air during their working day. The research from T–Mobile also revealed that more than half of office workers resent working inside all day during the summer. Commenting on the T–Mobile research, Croner’s employment technical consultant, Gillian Dowling, said: “Employers should encourage staff to have fresh air breaks at lunchtime. Not having a break is bad for employees’ concentration and productivity. “While in some cases there might be very good reasons for missing out on a lunch break, employers have to make sure that workers are having a rest break under the Working Time Regulat... »

Lack of Lunch Breaks Causes Productivity Slump, Warns CIPD

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned businesses they are losing productivity by not encouraging employees to have a proper lunch break. Research for Bisodol health group found that that only 21 per cent of staff take a full lunch hour, and 26 per cent take a 15 minute break or less. “Managers should be aware that if people aren’t taking full breaks it can be a sign that they are suffering from excessive pressure or stress,” said CIPD spokesman Ben Wilmott. “This certainly isn’t good for their productivity and it might mean that over the long term they’ll suffer from ill health and be off work. “Employers have a duty to ensure that employees are taking at least their statutory breaks under the Working Time Regulatio... »