It would be wonderful if you could be visited by spirits that could tell you what you are doing wrong and how you can change your business for the future. As in Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. The season we are in has been hard on businesses sending them into survival mode. Those who depended on traditional office practices were unable to survive the transition to working at home. And those who embraced it have found a new way to do business that is lean and mean. But how do you keep the momentum in your favour. Here are some suggestions.
- Do you Even Need Your Central Office? This is a real question, and not one that would be commonly asked even a couple of years ago. The central office has existed for centuries already, in one form or another. Even Ebenezer Scrooge liked to keep Bob Cratchit nearby to make his accounts. But today Scrooge does not need to provide coal for Cratchit and Cratchit can work from home with Tiny Tim. This is because Scrooge has taken advantage of serviced offices in Sydney. And he can stay home and read his mail and check on Cratchit at any time.
- Make the Most of Your Real Estate: Scrooge was a small-time operator and easily made the move to virtual space, but some companies have a genuine need for a centralised location for customer interaction, brainstorming, and product development. However, since everyone carries the office around in their pocket. Instead of using your real estate for desks and cubicles. Now you can create the kind of atmosphere that facilitates critical thinking and synergy. Informal meeting areas, phone booths for private calls, open plan office space and exercise facilities, all have a part to play in maximising the production of your workforce.
- Be Ready and Be Flexible: There is so much uncertainty in the markets these days that everyone knows more changes are coming. Today, businesses need to be in a position to take advantage of opportunities as they come, but at the same time need to protect themselves from over extension. It is a bit of a humbug. But the path to survival will favour both the visionary and the fiscal conservative.
The Ghost of Christmas yet to come says the twenties are going to be a defining era for the future of business, and no one really knows what things are going to look like ten years on, but you can be assured that technology will keep advancing, and it will be the humans that will have to keep up.