Good health is important. It is important to our bodies, and it is important to our business. When you care about the health of your business, you are demonstrating an interest in more than just the money that flows through it. You are showing that you fully understand the different parts of your business that contribute to its success – its good health. Just like we visit our Doctors once a year for a checkup, we take our cars to a mechanic for a tune-up, or we visit the Dentist for a cleaning, we should also conduct a checkup on our business at least once a year. Some suggest conducting a checkup twice a tear. Whichever you choose, you may be wondering – What exactly is a Business Checkup?
We all see the words. Businesses promote it as if somehow it makes them unique; “WE are an employer of choice.” “Join us here at XYZ Company; We are an Employer of Choice.” As if that is the only reason anyone would want to work for any company. There are many problems with being an Employer of Choice (EOC). To begin with, any employer can simply decide they are one.
Further, everyone seemingly is one. There is nothing unique about being an employer of choice. THAT is the problem; being an employer of choice does nothing for your business.
So what’s the solution?
How many of you reading this have experienced a layoff? Not enough work and BOOM, laid off. Discontinuing a product or service line and BOOM, laid off. It is painful as an employee and painful as a business. Further, the cycle of hire and layoff can be damaging to a businesses Brand and future recruiting efforts. After all, who wants to take a job when you know in a few months you will most likely be laid off. There is a way to eliminate or significantly reduce this practice for most businesses. It takes work, you have to be patient and persevering, you have to use math, but it is proven time and again to help businesses succeed. It has been proven to drive business success in such a way that staffing the workforce becomes less of a problem. What is this process?
Last week I wrote about the simplicity of Problem Solving. A key component of solving any problem is to first identify the problems root-cause. All too often we address symptoms of a problem and not its root-cause. Imagine after feeling hot all we did was unbutton a collar or took off a sweater only later to discover that we have a fever and the cause of that fever is an infection from a simple cut. Trying to solve a business problem based on symptoms alone could end with the same result – you could succumb. How do you find the root-cause of a situation? What steps do you follow?
No one likes problems. We either try and resolve them or we try to avoid them. We avoid them by doing nothing or by simply ignoring they exist hoping they will go away. Sometimes ignoring a problem is a good strategy as not all problems need or deserve our energies to resolve. However, when we decide to work on resolving a problem how we proceed is important to achieving an outcome. Too many times I have seen organizations and individuals focus on the process instead of the desired results. In other words, they spend more time talking about the problem, talking about the problem-solving process and little to no time about executing the solutions to the problems they are trying to fix. This process focus isn’t problem-solving.