Great Ways to Reduce Mistakes in Business

by Josh Biggs in Business on 23rd September 2020

When running a business, it should be a goal to keep the mistakes being made to a minimum. Mistakes can cost you money, waste a lot of time, and hurt your company in many other ways. Unfortunately, no company is perfect and mistakes are bound to happen.

While they will happen from time to time, you want to reduce them as much as possible. Sure, this is easier said than done, but there are a couple of ways that you can limit these mistakes. Without any further ado, this blog post is going to cover some helpful tips to reduce mistakes in business.

Use Stats Instead of Guesswork

The first way to reduce the number of mistakes is to use stats and data instead of guesswork. When it comes to making major decisions, such as the right marketing method to use or what features to add to a product, you want to use data. This could be the results of customer surveys, sales numbers, or several other sources of useful numbers. All of this data can often steer you in the right direction.

Without data, you are essentially guessing which choice is best, which can have unpredictable and potentially negative results. All different types of processes can be improved by using data. For example, using the Six Sigma methodology will ensure that variation is controlled and outcomes are often more predictable, which is largely due to the existence and assistance of data.

Provide Proper Training and Development

The importance of proper training and development in business cannot be overstated. Mistakes often come about when people are not well trained or prepared to deal with their daily duties. To prevent this, ensure your team has been well-trained on everything they are responsible for doing. Everyone should feel comfortable about their required tasks before being sent out to handle them alone.

Sure, providing great training might take some additional effort and more costs, but it will be well worth it in the end. Depending on the type of company, training can often be handled in-house, but there are several quality third-party providers as well.

Encourage the Asking of Questions

While training and development are important, people might still have questions from time to time. Employees must be comfortable asking questions and are encouraged to do so if need be. This could be questions about software, about their specific duties, or anything in general. 

If people are afraid to ask questions, it can often lead to them doing things out of their wheelhouse by themselves, and likely making mistakes. Or they might search online for answers and could come up with something wrong. Of course, if a ton of people are constantly asking questions, that is generally a sign that improvements are needed when it comes to training.

Cut Distractions

At many offices, there are a lot of distractions present. These range from your cell phone, to workplace gossip, to noisy co-workers. In addition to often negatively impacting performance and focus, these distractions can also lead to mistakes. It is hard to maintain focus and remain accurate in your work with so much else going on around you.

Because of this, it is a good idea to cut out the distractions. Allow for a quiet workplace, with limited potential for interruptions. Be sure to do things like turn off notifications on smartphones, discouraging coworker chatting that isn’t work-related and anything else to stay focused on work.

Mistakes and failures happen in business, but keeping them to a minimum is ideal. From using data to cutting distractions, the tips in this article will help you reduce the amount (and severity) of mistakes made at your business.

Categories: Business