Put a spring polish on your place of work

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When the tulips start getting ready to be tiptoed through, the days get longer and the mercury rises, homeowners usually take time to do spring cleaning.

Entrepreneurs should consider spring cleaning for their small businesses as well.

Forbes points out that it will take less elbow grease to spring clean your business compared to clearing gutters and weatherproofing your deck at home, but the results can be similar – a better flow to the business and protection against the elements of the business world.

First, take a good look at your website and social media platforms. Is your information outdated? Have you not changed your look or updated any posts anytime in the past few years? Is your brand clearly defined? Go through each page and make sure they effectively portray your business the way you want them to.

Second, spend time examining your staff. Are the right people in the right jobs? What are the specific needs your company has and who is doing a good job at fulfilling those needs? Try to better match skills to tasks, and perhaps redistribute responsibilities or job definitions. Or, if you’ve seen growth in the past year, perhaps it’s time to bring some new employees on board.

Next, review your business plan. Has your business expanded into other areas where a new or updated plan is needed? If your initial business plan isn’t relevant anymore, changes are needed. Business owners who are on top of their game review their plans every year. If changes are needed, make them and follow them.

Another spring-cleaning chore is considering your long-term goals. Is your business meeting expectations? Is your personal growth following your plans? Look back on your initial goals and see if the business has evolved. If you determine that the objectives are the same, take a closer look at the achievement. If you aren’t achieving your goals, either adjust your goals or the method you’ve been using to see if a change is necessary.

One of the most cluttered areas of the office tends to be the inbox. Have you been negligent in sorting, answering, deleting or filing your emails? If you have to go through screen after screen searching for an email from two weeks ago, you’re wasting valuable time. If you don’t have the time or wherewithal to organize your email, hire someone to do it for you. It will be money well spent.

Finally, clean your office. No, really, clean up your workspace, and have your employees do the same. An organized and decluttered office truly improves the flow of work and the well-being of your employees.


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