Even if you’ve got a great bunch of motivated and skilled individuals at your business’s disposal, it’s crucial that you equip them with the tools necessary to do the job, whatever that may be.
This is why it’s so important to provide your workforce with everything that they need to make their jobs easier and while this obviously varies from industry to industry, we’re going to look at some general tips when it comes to kitting out your workforce.
While it isn’t practical for all businesses, you might want to consider providing your staff with branded uniform.
A high-quality uniform that is appropriate to your industry goes a long way toward giving your business a smart and professional look, which is especially important if you’re going to be working with the general public.
Not only this, but branded workwear helps to spread awareness of your business, with your name, logo and other information like contact details on display for everyone to see.
According to Stitch Embroidery: “While there’s sometimes some opposition to branded uniforms at first, they usually tend to actually help to bring the workforce together and give a sense of unity.
“It’s just important that you get them right for your industry. For example, the uniform worn by those working in a factory will need to be a lot more practical and robust, while in an office, it’s more important that they look the part.”
Working from Home
Obviously, this depends on the nature of your business, but more and more work these days is being done remotely, whether that’s from an office on the other side of the county (or world) or perhaps from employees’ own homes.
Not being tied to a desk means that workers can be a lot more flexible, and research seems to show that it’s also a lot more productive.
However, if you do want your workforce to embrace remote working, then you’ll have to equip them with the tools to do so.
The most important equipment will probably be a laptop, but you may also need to supply things such as a business telephone and printer too.
While it does all come at a cost, remote working could be set to become the norm, so it might be best to invest in it early!
It’s not just about equipping your workforce with physical tools, and there’s plenty of software solutions out there that can make their working lives a lot easier and more productive.
For example, you should probably have a team instant messaging application such as Slack to allow everyone to keep in touch and share files (in a more professional environment than WhatsApp or Facebook).
The likes of Evernote are great for taking quick notes, Google Drive is fantastic for collaborative file sharing, while simple apps such as LastPass make keeping up with all of your passwords a little bit easier.
For a roundup of some of the best productivity apps available, check out this post from Zapier.