Many businesses train employees how to do their jobs and only their jobs. But amazing things can happen when you also teach staff members to actively involve themselves in a profitability process — that is, an ongoing, idea-generating system aimed at adding value to your company’s bottom line.
Let’s take a closer look at how to get your workforce involved in coming up with profitable ideas and then putting those concepts into action.
Six steps to implementation
Without a system to discover ideas that originate from the day-in, day-out activities of your business, you’ll likely miss opportunities to truly maximize profitability. What you want to do is put a process in place for gathering profit-generating ideas, picking out the most actionable ones and then turning those ideas into results. Here are six steps to implementing such a system:
- Share responsibility for profitability with your management team.
- Instruct managers to challenge their employees to come up with profit-building ideas.
- Identify the employee-proposed ideas that will most likely increase sales, maximize profit margins or control expenses.
- Tie each chosen idea to measurable financial goals.
- Name those accountable for executing each idea.
- Implement the ideas through a clear, patient, and well-monitored process.
For the profitability process to be effective, it must be practical, logical and understandable. All employees — not just management — should be able to use it to turn ideas and opportunities into bottom-line results. As a bonus, a well-constructed process can improve business skills and enhance morale as employees learn about profit-enhancement strategies; come up with their own ideas; and, in some cases, see those concepts turned into reality.
A successful business
Most employees want to not only succeed at their own jobs, but also work for a successful business. A strong profitability process can help make this happen. To learn more about this and other ways to build your company’s bottom line, contact us.