One Simple Way To Make Your Staff More Productive
Free your staff to concentrate on what they are good at
I have seen so many people in businesses spend days with spreadsheets trying to put together figures for this or that manager, it is so frustrating. If the business had the correct, fit-for-purpose software to begin with, the employee would not need to spend frustrating hour upon hour trying to get to grips with a spreadsheet. Every business would surely benefit from not having to put up with this oh-so-common scenario.
What’s the best step?
Take Excel and any other spreadsheet programs off the computers. Replace it with a spreadsheet reader. This will allow them to still view spreadsheets from other companies and clients. It will remove their temptation to slip back in to old ways though. All the hours lost on people being frustrated and bogged down with spreadsheets will be recovered. This will allow them to get back to what they are best at, whatever that may be.
Why are spreadsheets so commonplace?
Spreadsheets are used when there is a gap in the business’ main software that needs filling. Gaps in software are normal when a business makes the false economy of implementing off the shelf software. If your business were to implement bespoke business software, these gaps would all but disappear. Think how much time that would save your staff! As a bonus, not only do they save time tap tapping away at a spreadsheet, they can concentrate on their productive, value-adding activities.
I’m not sure I could afford Bespoke Software.
There is a myth floating around that bespoke software is extremely expensive and only for the major corporations. While this was true about twenty years ago, it is no longer the case. Modern development tools have reduced the time required to design and install sophisticated custom software. Think how much easier it would be to run your company if your software was designed around you, rather than you having to fit round it?
I want to find out more about bespoke software
There are some excellent software engineers around. So, it really depends on who you feel the best fit with. It is usually a good idea to scout around and ask your trusted business contacts if they can recommend anyone. Once you have a three or four in mind, have an introductory meeting to see who you feel most comfortable with and who GETS you and your business. In addition, you can also check out their website testimonials and follow these up to find out how other businesses have found dealing with them.
Now you know the advantages of bespoke software, doesn’t it seem odd that everyone is banging away at spreadsheets trying to make the numbers tie together?