20/20 Vision in 2020: 3 Clear Business Growth Strategies
What does it mean to have 20/20 vision? According to the American Optometric Association, 20/20 vision refers to the clarity or the sharpness of your vision. It does not necessarily mean you have perfect vision, however this indicates the “sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance”. As we are nearing the end of the year, how sharp or clear is your vision for your business in the future? Do you have a clear vision for business growth? In this article, we will provide 3 clear strategies for business growth in 2020.
1. Implement a Management System
Investing in a management system is a clear strategy that will open the doors to new opportunities in the future. There are several different management systems that organizations of any size, in any industry should consider implementing.
Quality Management System
A quality management system (QMS) is a documented and formalized system of processes and procedures that helps ensure your customers are provided with consistently high quality products and services. ISO 9001:2015 is one of the most popular QMS standards in the world. Beyond being considered a standard, ISO 9001 should be part of your business’ strategic plan.
Occupational Health and Safety Management System
While many organizations focus on improving the quality of their products and services, what is being done to improve the health and safety of employees? Implementing an ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System is just one strategy to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for those in your organization. In 2017 alone, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a total of 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses and 5,147 fatal injuries. Together we can work to bring everyone home safe by implementing ISO 45001, which will help to reduce your workplace hazards and risks.
Environmental Management System
An environmental management system (EMS) can be utilized to improve your organization’s environmental impact. An ISO 14001 Environmental Management System can help your company reduce costs related to waste management, reduce energy and material costs and overall reduce environmental hazards. With consumers becoming more environmentally conscious, an ISO 14001 EMS will also help improve your organization’s image.
2. Document Organizational Processes
As you are working to grow your business, consider formalizing your organizational processes by writing Standard Operating Procedures. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) provide the foundation for growth. Formalizing and documenting your core and support processes allow you to expand your business with new sites, while ensuring your operations are being performed consistently. Designing clear and concise SOPs will help get employees on the same page, including new employees as your business grows. Establishing documented procedures will also allow your organization to diagnose current problems in your processes, and make strategic changes in the future. Watch this episode of ISO Wake Up Call to learn more about the benefits of establishing standard operating procedures. Ready to start writing? Read this article to learn 7 simple steps for writing effective SOPs.
3. Equip Employees with Training
As your organization explores these new strategies for business growth, it is important to remember a key factor to success: your employees. Ensuring your employees are ready to implement these changes in the future starts today with training. Investing in training returns several benefits for your organization, including increased buy-in for new management systems. Your organization can also ensure that key employees are on the same page before the New Year. Customized, onsite training is a great option to provide your employees engaging training, while reducing associated travel costs for your organization. No matter your training needs, our experienced trainers can help get your employees up to speed for 2020.
As the end of 2019 draws near, now is a great time to put strategic actions in effect for 2020. These 3 clear strategies for business growth will help open the doors to new business opportunities, set the foundation for business growth and equip your employees with invaluable skills. If your vision for the future is blurred, we can help you grow your business with strategic acuity. Contact us to speak to a consultant today.
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