One of the most important buttons you can turn as an entrepreneur is the productivity of your company. That productivity is often determined by the amount of work that your employees can do within the conditions that you create as an entrepreneur. Technological innovations and other trends will help entrepreneurs in 2020 to further optimize those conditions.
1. Software improvements
In almost every company, the use of high-quality software is a precondition. Cumbersome systems and slow processes are a millstone around the neck of your productivity and that is becoming increasingly important entrepreneurs and software manufacturers. Employees who wait for computer systems or spend time performing workarounds or corrections: these are all examples of times when your productivity is declining.
2. Productivity tools
A lot of tools are now also available that positively influence the productivity of your company. In the latest version of Microsoft for companies, for example, standard MyAnalytics is included, giving your employees access to a personal dashboard about their own productivity. Are you 90% of your time in meetings? Or 95% of your time behind your laptop? It can tell you that you may not have to be present everywhere, or take some more breaks.
MyAnalytics is a good example of an automated tool that can make a positive contribution to the productivity of an entire company. Such tools are on the rise because they automate a lot of reporting and coaching work. You do not have to release FTE for this, which in turn stimulates productivity.
3. Business coach
However, not every company that is struggling with disappointing productivity can put its finger on the sore spot. In that context, the business coach to terrain. A business coach is an external consultant who you temporarily hire to review your company. The coach reports on his findings and gives you practical tools with which you can gradually optimize the productivity of your company. This makes the business coach an example of an investment that pays for itself in the long term via the productivity axis.
4. The office as a source of inspiration
What we will increasingly see in 2020: the office as an inspiration environment instead of as a workplace. Because it is increasingly easier to work flexibly (and therefore at other locations), more entrepreneurs see their office as a place to meet and inspire each other instead of as a place where they have to work hard. As a result, the layout of offices will change further this year: more chill zones, more plants (and even animals), more colors and more art. On the other hand, there are fewer conference rooms, call booths and shorter rows of desks. By the way, did you know that employees who can do a brief power nap at the office are a lot more productive than their working colleagues after such a nap?
5. Modern employment conditions
In 2020, productivity is therefore closely related to a flexible package of employment conditions. The current generation entering the labor market is more interested in being able to work flexibly, with the latest technological developments in the back pocket and with a healthy balance between work and private life as a starting point. Being able to exercise at the expense of the business, or being able to have a healthy lunch, or attention to it mental well-being; they are things that are considered more important than a somewhat higher salary. This trend is only continuing; the sensible, modern entrepreneur will arm himself in time and make his company future-proof.
Want to see even more productivity trends for 2020? Watch this short video from Tom Haak: