One of my most heart breaking experiences as an employee was when one of my supervisors told me to "Lower my standards and not expect too much".
My heart sank with those words as I was hired specifically to implement new coordinated and cost saving procedures. So there I was, left powerless by lack of support. Needless to say, I, like many others before me, had to walk away from this position.
In defense of my immediate supervisors, they were just doing the best they could. The fact was that organization and productive teamwork was not a priority for the owner. It seemed making money was the only thing that was focused on. I found that ironic, since losing money to poor organization cuts into profit and company credibility.
I was witness to thousands of dollars in losses each month, which was heartbreaking. Detailed proposals I brought forth were not supported, and even the agreed upon actions were not followed through. For example; the simple implementation of a one page order checklist, to catch costly errors before orders went to production, was turned aside and ignored. Working in this environment was too painful to continue for someone like me.
One of the best articles I recently read talks of a talented and skilled fundraiser who walked away from a position working for a state senator after only working 6 months. She was faced with a non-stop series of "emergencies" that forced her to stay late many times and things were not improving. Her boss was just "disorganized" and just kept piling the work on her desk without much thought to it.
This situation is somewhat different than the issue I faced, yet is derived from same underlying issue of being reactive and not proactive in approach to problems that may occur.
It is very hard to feel efficient and productive when things are not organized and your supervisors don't work with you to help make changes for the better. I understand why that woman walked away because I have been in her shoes before.
Just how much does being disorganized cost?
Average hourly wage of your employees: $_________ x 1 hour lost each day. Take the hourly wage above x 240 days. (48 working weeks is 240 working days) Now times the number of employees = $________.
Example: $15.00 x 240 = $3600.00 x 10 employees = $36,000.00
What about that "turnover" issue?
Did you know statistically the cost to lose an employee is between 25% to 200% of their annual salary? Between loss of morale, service disruption, absenteeism and costly mistakes made during training it all adds up. Lets review one sample: Average salary of $40,000.00 = $10,000.00 to $80,000.00 for every employee that walks out the door.
Symptoms of disorganization:
Signs that it's time to make a change:
Don't wait for something to happen, make something happen!
Get organized now and save money and time!
There are many great tools at your disposal, including personal organizers. Getting organized is easy if done methodically. The bottom line is that being organized means things run more smoothly which then boosts moral which then increases productivity which then affects the profitability. It just makes sense.
The experiences I have had personally have led me to become an organizer. I am here now to help those that are ready to make changes for the better and who understand the bigger picture and want to save some money in the long run by getting organized now.