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When you’re in a small business, it’s common to fall into the rut of always working reactively. However, relying too heavily on reactive thinking may cause you to fall behind, meaning you’re constantly playing catch up. So how can this be avoided?
Reactive thinking is when you respond to issues as they arise. The opposite end of the spectrum is proactive thinking, where you aim to anticipate problems in advance. Being proactive can help you to prepare for unexpected events – or potentially stop them from happening in the first place.
In the last couple of years, we’ve seen a real shift in the way we work. The pandemic catapulted us into a new age of flexible working, and the cost of living crisis has made many small businesses behave and act more cautiously.
This has led to more proactive attitudes which can help to mitigate risks, boost productivity and make workplaces future ready. Taking the time to plan ahead can also alleviate a lot of stress from your job, because you’re better prepared for sudden issues.
Ready to adopt a more proactive approach? Here are six ways you can change the way you work to build a future-ready workplace.
1. Ensure you’re utilising the right digital tools
Making the right digital investments can help you boost productivity, automate time-consuming tasks, plan ahead and aid business growth – saving you time, money and effort.
Some ways you can use digital tools include:
But flexible working isn’t the only thing employees want. Company culture is also crucial for workers, especially for those who still prefer to work in the office. If you want to create a great company culture but are unsure how to do it with a flexible workforce, read our article here.
Overall, the idea is to put your employees first. Take any feedback they offer into consideration and try to create a fair and inclusive environment for everyone. This will help you build a strong, dedicated team that wants to stay with you for the long run.
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