It can be hard running a cleaning business and managing employees. The biggest cost of a cleaning business is labour! So if a cleaning business wants to survive, they need to increase their efficiency and stop wasting time to save money.
So how do you increase the efficiency of your cleaning business?
Talk to your employees regularly as they will have the best idea of what tasks are most time consuming. They may even have ideas on changes that can be made to take advantage of time. This is also a good way for your employees to feel valued. You may want to delegate particular responsibilities to different employees. For example, you may give a particular employee the responsibility of ordering and managing stock.
Regular team meetings are important to discuss what is going on within the business. This should include what is not working, what is working, and providing an open forum for employee suggestions. Identifying these areas is the first step to correcting issues and taking advantage of what is working well.
Many businesses do not have procedures or checklists that their employees can use. These documents can assist with efficiency as it provides a benchmark for employees to refer to. Clear procedural documents allow employees to have the best practical advice at their fingertips. This can lead to less phone calls or questions about situations that may arise.
It is often difficult for business owners to delegate duties to other employees. However, this can be a very important step in growing your business. One of the most important things to remember when delegating is to give clear instructions whilst ensuring that these are understood. You may want to ask employees to repeat your instructions back to you to prevent miscommunication. Avoiding miscommunication can save time and money.
One of the biggest hurdles that a cleaning business can have is hiring and retaining good staff. Make sure you have hiring, onboarding, and training systems implemented within your business. These systems can increase efficiency and give your employees the best chance at success.
Efficiency can severely affect a business’ bottom line. The above tips are just a start to identify areas for improvement, however you also need to follow through and implement the change.