Check-ups are essential to maintain health
Surely you take your car for a check-up and have it serviced. You probably have regular, if not annual check-ups at the doctor to ensure that you do not have any health issues. You have an annual financial audit to make sure your business is healthy and sustainable, yet your most important asset, your Human Capital is rarely, if ever, audited.
- Car Service: To take care of your car, you have regular maintenance services every few thousand kilometers to keep it running smoothly and safely.
- Health check-up: To prevent health problems sneaking up on you, you have a check-up at the doctor every so often… because by the time you are sick and have to go to the doctor, the niggling symptoms have usually been there for some time, but if you carried on regardless, you might need doctors, medicines, specialists, hospitalization, and/or costly rehabilitation to help remedy the situation.
- Financial Audit: In larger, older, more established businesses we do external financial audits to make sure the financials are in order which ensures the sustainability and profitability of the organization.
- Business Check-up: In business we also need a comprehensive check-up to find out if all is as it seems at work. As with any illness, it does not help to treat the symptoms; e.g. to take a pill when you should actually change your eating/ drinking/ sleeping/ working habits and/or mind-set to remove the actual stressors that are causing the problem in the first place (root cause)… so it does not help to implement training programs, or employment assistance program to remedy problems, as that is like putting band aid when you actually need surgery.Who better to ask than the people working for you… because you cannot be everywhere and you cannot know everything, no matter how hard you try. Research shows that the best way to do this is with a confidential, independent staff audit.If you do not take care of what’s ailing the business, it can cost you dearly.
… A milligram (an ounce) of prevention is better than a kilogram (two pounds) of cure …
Independent Staff Audit
The best thing you can do for your business right now is to do a staff audit. You will be surprised at what you will glean from this exercise.
Gauge employee disposition to discover what is really going on; how people feel about management, the organization, products/ services, and working conditions. Ask staff what’s working and what not to identify potential threats and opportunities, but make it safe enough for them to respond as truthfully as possible without the fear of come-backs.
People are the key ingredient for a thriving business and prosperity.
The 4 pillars for prosperity are: people, product, productivity and place – 3 of these can be (re)created if you have people, but take people out of the equation and everything else becomes irrelevant.
What makes a staff audit so important?
Without workers you would have no business. When you do a staff audit you give them a voice and you will learn things you never knew about.
An external staff assessment is 100 times more effective
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Dinosaurs of tomorrow
As a collective we as human beings are growing up. Psychologically, it is becoming more and more important for us to have a say in what happens to us; to have greater autonomy and self determination, and this means in the work setup as well…..
Organizations that do not respect and encourage this will be the dinosaurs of tomorrow.
If it’s not broke …
If you have been doing business in a specific way for many years, it is time for a re-assessment of what works and what not. If you say “that’s the way it’s done here” you are very likely in for a nasty surprise. Your company culture might be at fault here.
If you keep on doing what you’ve been doing, you could land up out of business.
These days things are changing every 6 months, not only technology (that’s every 3 months.. and speeding up each year…), but also the way people are doing business. You need a different (new & upgraded) mindset for the current economic environment.
You can no longer change when the market changes. You need to learn to anticipate change or you are very likely to land up on the sidelines.
The writing is on the wall. Prevention is way better than cure.
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