Hidden cost of business

We spent around 1.5 to 2 hours per day, traveling from and to work.  That would equate to around 23 to 30 days per year.  Basically around one month of our life is spent for traveling annually, and this is only for going to work and back.  If only we live close by to our work, maybe we can reduce the time to 20 min per day.  That will save us heaps of time.

Then what about those time we spend waiting for the browser to load?  Or waiting for the kettle to finish heating up hot water.  There are many activities we do on a daily basis whereby lots and lots of time are spent, waiting, driving, and for some people day dreaming.

Obviously if you own the business most likely you will have all these “time wasting” activities sorted out.  But what about the staffs?  How do we make sure that “time wasters” are not wasting time anymore?

Simple, get them to stop wasting time or ask them to waste someone else’s time.

Tough boss?  Let’s call it tough love instead.

Managing staffs can be challenging, yet it is crucial

Managing staffs can be challenging, yet it is crucial in scaling the business.  After all there’s only so much an owner can do on his/her own.  However, this crucial difficulty can be reduced significantly by simply recruiting the right people.

The question here then is off course, “How to recruit the right people?”.

Before going to that question, there is an important basis to all recruitment – the business model.  Does your business have many repetitive, mechanical tasks?  Or does it rely on the creativity of its staffs?  Obviously both models have its requirements – or you can say different people will fit into different models.

Now that you’ve got the business model, the next thing to consider is the existing people in the business especially the managers/leaders.  What kind of newbies will work with the existing staffs?  Do you need ‘yes men’ or ‘someone with attitude’?  What level of compromises are your people willing to take with the newbies?

These two questions will help you to alleviate your staffs’ management challenge in a great way.

In short, if you put an ant into a community of ants, guaranteed it will start working straight away.  However, try putting the same ant into a community of spiders.

Happy managing (or recruiting)!