With the recent sudden effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, many General Contractors and other businesses like ours have found themselves faced with unexpected downtime. The ability for the resorts, builders and our other local industries to weather the storm and resume normal operations is of utmost importance.
However troublesome this downturn is, the lull provides opportunity for a business to evaluate its own systems and procedures in an effort to improve operations ahead of an eventual return to “business as usual.”
This self-evaluation can come in many forms:
- Upgrading software to streamline your technical or clerical capabilities
- Organizing operating procedures for staff and subcontractors to maximize efficiency
- Revisiting and refreshing job policies, resources and documents
A simple brainstorming session with your team can quickly unearth dozens of areas to evaluate. After identifying areas of improvement, what are some useful steps one can use to put a shiny new look to those in need of a face-lift?
A recent Mind Tools article (linked here) offers one approach to tackling operation upgrades. Following a step-by-step guideline like this may not be required each time, but it’s important to take a critical look at problem areas to understand their current downfalls in relation to your company goals. For most, this will include increasing efficiency and effectiveness, which ultimately boosts profit and customer satisfaction.
You may consider this if you find yourself with free time and are looking to stay productive. We hope you all stay healthy as we continue to navigate this pandemic, and we look forward to getting back to some form of normal in the coming months!