Downtime is a big problem all businesses have to deal with. When an unexpected issue halts productivity, even for only a short while, it causes chaos in a company. Money is lost, and time is wasted, but there are even worse problems that you might have to face. You will also frustrate the customers, which can harm your reputation. All of these issues will affect your employees too, impacting productivity and morale. With that in mind, here are five ways to reduce downtime. 

Educate The Entire Team

A business can’t survive without hardworking and dedicated staff. Because of this, it should be no surprise that your employees could potentially be one of the largest contributors to company downtime. If a worker makes a mistake, it will harm the business as a whole. That is why every member of staff must be given training. Many managers conduct staff training themselves, but you might find it more efficient to outsource the task to a professional or use online resources. 

Bring In Professional Help

Most ventures rely on technology every day. They need computers, printers, and, sometimes, specialist equipment. Although the equipment operators can diagnose and fix many issues by themselves, they will need an expert now and then. With desktop support, you can fix any problems you face quickly, eliminating wasted time and money. Relocating your office is a scenario you always need professional help with, as it’s complex and needs careful planning. 

Prepare For Power Outages

Working equipment is little use to you unless you have the energy to power it. A power cut will grind your entire business to a halt, which can have serious consequences. Because of this, you must have a backup plan for outages. Some businesses can send their staff to work from home, but yours may not be able to do so. When this is the case, a backup generator is crucial. With a generator, the power will be out for only a few seconds, rather than several hours or days. 

Look At Your Finances

While downtime is an expensive issue, the resolutions are pricey too. Electricians, backup generators, and staff training all cost money, so you must be able to cover the expenses. Take a look at the company finances and plan a way to pay unexpected bills. A business emergency fund will allow you to borrow cash whenever you need it, without having to pay high-interest rates. Make sure you also invest in comprehensive business insurance cover. 

Give Each Other Feedback

We all make mistakes, even after being taught not to. The problem is, unless an employee knows they’re doing wrong, they will continue to make the same errors. For this reason, you must have regular performance reviews. Giving every member of staff constructive feedback helps them to improve, which benefits them, as well as the business. However, entrepreneurs aren’t perfect either, so make sure you ask for suggestions on ways you can improve too. 

Every business faces downtime, but with the tips above, you can reduce it in your company. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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