It’s that time of year when winter is saying goodbye and spring is just around the corner. Time for the annual “spring cleaning,” right? Hopefully this applies to your entire organization and not just the facility aspects of cleaning. Now is a good time to take a look at your operation and determine if there is some “cleaning” that would help it function better.
So where should you start? This is the time to take a hard look at your personnel. Do you have the proper people in place for each position? Do they produce quality work at an efficient rate?
How about your policies and procedures? Do your policies suite your business needs? Are your procedures being properly followed and if not why? Are there areas you can communicate more clearly?
What about your annual service contracts? Are you simply going to renew them or take a closer look to see if the scope of service and price is right? Have you asked your service providers to help you figure out how to save a few dollars? They are more than happy to make suggestions if they think it will help you in your renewal decision.
This may also be a good time to consider someone outside the operation to take a non-biased look. This might be your accountant but preferably a consultant with industry experience. Because you are a 365 day a year operation, small improvements that result in an extra $100 per day profit is huge on the bottom line. This example would put an extra $100,000 + in your pocket over 3 years. When you figure the cost of a consultant fee amortized over 3 years the expense would be insignificant compared to the potential gain.
Spring is a great time to take a step back and really look at what areas of your business might need a little attention. This will pay dividends when the busy season comes and your entire operation is ship shape and ready for action.