The harsh truth about running a business is that it is hard work. Why? Well, regardless of whether you are an online business or a conventional one, it is almost impossible to run a totally efficient business. Don’t get me wrong, you can get to a point where you run a smooth operation, but there will always be facets of your organisation that don’t work to their maximum. Still, you might as well try because you will reap the rewards in the long-term. Encourage An Open Door Policy Often, businesses are compartmentalised, so one faction of a business works parallel to another. Even though that’s how businesses have been run for years, it is not good for communication. In fact, it encourages a ‘us versus them’ mentality that is not healthy. People and sections of your business will begin to withhold information, information that could be used to better the business as a whole. An open door policy will encourage debate and creativity as different facets of the company bounce off one another to create effective ideas. Use The Cloud The cloud is often viewed with suspicion. Some companies look at it as a potential source of danger, while others simply don’t understand how it works and avoid it. Truthfully, it can be dangerous and complicated. However, if you take the right precautions, you can exploit the various benefits. For example, any business that uses Tierpoint’s cloud computing system can have access to their data twenty-four hours of the day. Plus, you can collaborate across networks and servers, which improves efficiency. It is far easier and quicker to use the cloud than it is to communicate back and forth will conventional methods. Value Feedback Unfortunately, employers and employees alike don’t take feedback as importantly as they should. Employees don’t feel they will get taken seriously, so they don’t write anything of note. Because they don’t write anything of note, employers end up not taking the process seriously. It is a vicious and never ending cycle! However, if you empower your workforce to want to better the company and their job, they will have ideas. And, those ideas can be the difference between success and failure. After all, no one knows the ins and outs of the company better than the people who perform the tasks on a daily basis. Are you still using technology that is decades old? Okay, you might want to cut back the costs, but that is ridiculous! Cutting costs is important, but only with tools that you can do without. You cannot do without cutting edge computers and fast Wi-Fi networks because your employees need them, and they do all the dirty work. Plus, you don’t want to give them any excuse not to work. Give some employees an inch and they will take a mile. The most important tool to increase efficiency is to set attainable goals. By setting targets that are not reachable, you are doomed to fail from the beginning. You won’t have the tools or the necessary equipment to perform tasks, and you will soon overstretch your business.