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Key Ethical Practices to Keep Any Business Competitive

Key Ethical Practices to Keep Any Business Competitive

I always try to ensure that my business is competitive by taking a brutal analysis of my ethical behavior and striving to set an excellent example for everyone around me. In industry, ethical behavior refers to conduct that applies fairness and honesty to colleagues and clients. Treating everyone ethically helps our businesses by building customer loyalty, attracting and retaining talented employees as well as avoiding legal problems. The following are some key ethical practices I follow that I have learned over time are crucial to the competitiveness of a business.

 

Building Customer Loyalty

Treating customers unfairly, for example, by overcharging them is unethical. If clients are unjustly treated, they will not become repeat customers, and they may end up spreading the word to their peers, which leads to losses in our businesses. Having a strong and loyal customer base is one of the critical successes I have seen in companies. I find that serving and working with an existing customer is more economical than acquiring a new one.

 

Improving Company Reputation

Having a good company reputation helps create a positive image of any business.  Reputable businesses can expand their client base through word of mouth referrals more than adverts put on any platform. Having a reputation for unethical dealings in our companies may hurt any chances the company might have of obtaining and retaining new customers. This is especially so in this era of social media and networking where dissatisfied clients are quick to spread negative information about any bad experience they might have had when dealing with our companies.

 

Retention of Good Employees

Talented employees at any level in our businesses and organization want to be fairly compensated for their dedication to the work they are doing. I try to reward them by advancing them in their careers through job promotions depending on the quality of their work and dedication and not at all by favoritism. Our employees want to be a part of a company whose management tells them the truth about how the business is faring in case there are instances where there will be layoffs and reorganizations. When we practice fairness in our organizations and deal with the employees reasonably, we will have a greater chance of retaining the talented ones.

 

Avoiding Any Legal Problems

A few business and company owners tend to cut corners to maximize their profits. We may decide not to comply with the environmental regulations, labor laws, and might ignore workers’ safety or even use substandard raw materials while making products. When the law catches up with us, we may end up paying hefty penalties such as legal fees and being fined by government agencies. In the long run, this ends up impacting our business negatively and even more financially from a large number of fees and fines that will be charged.

 

One advantage that companies may enjoy when they observe the regulations put in place by government agencies is having a good image in the eyes of the law and the public. They also avoid financial losses associated with breaking these laws.

 

Conducive Work Environment

Employees also have a responsibility to be ethical from the moment they are interviewed. They should be honest about what they are and what they are not capable of and the level of their experience. When the employees are ethical, we, as the employers and their superiors in the organizations, will be assured that the team we work with can have a great and positive co-existence.  We will also be able to trust them with the organization’s confidential information and business secrets.

 

Employees who are caught up in lies ruin their chances of being advanced by their supervisors and might end up getting fired. Some of our business might end up facing significant losses, for example, in some industries like restaurants and grocery stores where untrustworthy employees steal foodstuff or in finance departments where employees might steal money or misappropriate funds leading to massive losses in our businesses.

 

We always try to cultivate a culture of honesty and ethics among our employees. We have a simple but detailed code of conduct that we need our employees to read and commit to when we offer contracts. We also hold regular training programs to help our employees understand ethical behavior for their own good, the good of the business, and that of our clients.

 

These are practices I believe can contribute to the competitiveness of any business in all sectors of the economy.

Posted by David Presutti in Industries Talk, Money and Shares, Self-Employment, Think Business, 0 comments
3 Ways to Save Time in Business

3 Ways to Save Time in Business

In business, time is money. Clients are invoiced by solicitors for the time that is spent on a certain case, accountants will end up charging more where a set of accounts needs to be fully constructed from inside a used carrier bag, and the amount of time it takes to deliver parcels will determine how much a courier can make from each parcel. Let us consider how a range of businesses could save money in terms of the time a range of tasks they are completing are taking.

 

Videoconferencing

A great cost saver for a business is not only to hold less meetings but when they do, to hold them online. This saves the expenses that employees are paid in traveling to the meeting, if it is off-site, and the time it takes for them to travel there. They are on a business’s time when traveling between sites during the working day.

It may not be sensible to discuss complicated business plans by email or even in group chats, but over an internet connection that allows facial expressions, the occasional smile, nodding heads, and voice tones to be noted, it is surely possible, without everyone needing to be present at a physical meeting.

Current providers of videoconferencing include Avaya, BlueJeans, Cisco, Crestron, Google (Hangouts Meet), Enghouse (Vidyo), Gather (lotum), Intrado, Lifesize, Pexip, PGi, Poly, Zoom, Microsoft (VCaaS play with Skype / Teams), RingCentral, StarLeaf, Vonage, and 8×8. So, quite an extensive list to choose from.

Those using Skype, which is based on SIP and H.323 standards such as Polycom and Cisco, can seamlessly join Hangouts Meet via Pexip Infinity Platform.

Backgrounds can be chosen which are more attractive than might otherwise appear behind you. For example, a shelf of books verging on collapse need not be rectified until well into the future, while you continue to work from home when a computer-generated background can be opted for.

 

Group Emails and Chat

When communicating with staff, it can save time to set up groups when using emails and messaging. This will save time when you do not have to create another message for each member of staff to inform them of the same information several staff members need to know. It is well worth the time setting relevant groups up, even if now and again one of those people does not need to know that piece of non-confidential information.

 

Organized Systems

With digital systems, it has become much easier to order information in a presentable way. Individual computer files, for instance, can be grouped into meaningful folders. This, for example on the desktop of a computer, makes the files less daunting to look at when trying to work out which one contains the desired information.

Computer databases can store vast amounts of digital information in an organized way that is easily searchable by a few keywords. Typical inclusions in databases include almanacs, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, guides, handbooks, internet resources, newspapers, periodicals, and yearbooks.

Some examples of popular business databases companies use include IBM DB2, Informix, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and Teradata.

For security, computer content can be protected by passwords and encryption.

 

So, just 3 of the ways in which businesses are, through using technology, saving time in business. A lot of time can be spent traveling when meetings can be held online. Information offline can be communicated by grouping several key staff members in the same conversation. Everything can be organized digitally as if it were a physical filing cabinet. Databases allow for a lot more information to be housed in a small space and to be accessible to vast numbers of people. We just await the app that can think for us.

 

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