As an organization evolves, its original master plan grows obsolete. Processes that made sense with only 10 or 20 employees become complex, inefficient, and time-consuming, as the company increases to 500 or 1,000 employees.
Rebuild and simplify your processes to boost competitiveness and energize your staff with these guidelines:
- Focus on the big picture. Cut any systemic practices that have outgrown their usefulness. Releasing people of the burden to follow dated processes will enable them to focus on their core tasks and increase productivity.
- Drive authority down into the organization. It may have once been logical for top leaders to oversee every aspect of the business, but growth makes this difficult. Have others oversee individual areas to speed up the process.
Adapted from “Simplify Outdated Corporate Processes” by Daniel Markovitz.