There’s a Tanzanian proverb that states, “Little by little, little means a lot.” This proverb can apply to a multitude of situations and perfectly explains how small efforts can lead up to making a large impact. In business, this is akin to adopting a one percent performance improvement plan.
For such a development plan to work, the attitude and eagerness of employees must be in tune with the efforts of the process. They must believe in the potential for change, have a genuine interest in improving themselves and the organization, and have confidence in their colleagues to see the goal come to fruition.
What can be improved?
Reviewing the metrics of relevant processes and departments of an organization can be telling. By doing a bit of legwork and relying on the input of employees to get down to the bottom of things, one can easily find ways to improve even the most mundane tasks. Different factors, such as lack of communication between departments, unnecessary processes that inhibit productivity or the need to host team meetings virtually (instead of onsite), have the potential to affect the overall success of an organization. Create a plan of action!
Introduce changes and support the new efforts.
As improvements are introduced to the staff, managers should take the time to make sure the changes are implemented regularly and support their team. As changes become habits, celebrating the impact of new techniques will keep staff hopeful and headstrong in their journey for improvement. Being able to track and make sense of how small improvements trickle down through other departments (or how they impact valuable clientele), can keep the momentum growing and uncover other areas for improvement.
Re-evaluate your key players.
Unfortunately, your existing staff won’t always be the best fit for new practices. To move forward and support your organization’s culture for improvement, it would behoove a company to place employees in roles appropriate for their skills and work ethic. Making sure your staff is on board and equipped to apply changes consistently and eagerly will make all the difference in the success of the business. A harmonious balance of staff motivation, applied skills and the perfect area to improve upon will help small changes make the largest impact!
Creating a culture of change by making small amendments to day-to-day operations helps an organization and its staff make transitions capable of putting them on the path to continuous success. By changing just one percent of a business’ efforts, the payoff will yield to a lifetime of growth!