You’ve probably heard the saying, “a team is as strong as its weakest link.” It’s a truism, and one of the many reasons why leadership teams need to focus on infrastructure optimization.
Think of the teams in your organization as infrastructure, the framework, and lifeblood of your company. To remain competitive in your market focus your time on optimizing those groups, getting them at a high operational level and keeping them there.
Infrastructure optimization allows you to identify strong employees, discover highly productive teams, and balance the work output throughout your company.
Identifying Strong Employees By Examining Your Teams
Monitoring the output of teams on a regular basis allows you to see the quality and quantity of their work. If you are experiencing a problem in the overall production of your company, examining the output of each team and comparing it to previous reviews is a good way for you to pinpoint the origination of the problem.
But don’t wait for something to go wrong before you examine your team. You might find an innovative team producing far beyond everybody else. Conversely, you might find the weak link in your workflow.
From the discovery of excellent work, you can learn what they do other people in your company can emulate. Or, it could lead you to a team leader who is very efficient at her job and ready to be moved onto greater responsibility.
The outcomes of this kind of review are the result of effective infrastructure optimization. But, the question is, how do you leverage this knowledge into a powerful, positive change for your company?
Balancing Your Company’s Strengths
For a company to operate at optimal levels, people need to help each other, and departments should be working cooperatively and at the same degree of efficiency. Once you have identified the strong players in one group and determined why they are strong, cultivate and cross-train your other teams with their techniques. If this is done organically, from within the company in a team environment, the new skills will be accepted as new company policy and procedures.
On the other hand, you may find your company is expending a lot of resources on tasks with outcomes that don’t justify the expense. Releasing people from unproductive projects is a time and money saving move for the company. Assets can be reallocated, and employees can be given more productive tasks.
So What Does Your Company Get Out Of This?
The result of infrastructure optimization is an engaged workforce, trained and accountable employees in tune with your company’s mission and values, with increased productivity.
At Equal Parts Consulting we’ve worked with numerous companies with infrastructure optimization. We find infrastructure optimization to be so important, and we made it one of the core drivers we focus on to build and solidify a company’s culture.
The benefit of using an outside HR company to help you examine your company culture is we can approach it with an open, unbiased eye. We see systems as they are and work on improving efficiencies and removing anything slowing the growth of your company. Schedule a free consultation with us and let’s work together to take your company to the next level.