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By Dawn Kraus


Staffing

7. Discuss the possibility of changing your work week to a 4 day work week. By working only four days a week, you eliminate an entire day of overhead costs and your employees don’t have the expense of commuting that extra day.

8. Outsourcing projects that are not your employees’ area of expertise will save you money in the long run. By finding someone who knows how to do the project, you won’t have to pay for the time it takes to get your current employees up to speed on the latest information.

9. Is your business seasonal? If so, consider hiring temporary or seasonal staff with the understanding that they are only hired for a specific time frame. With seasonal staff that comes back each busy season, you can also reduce your training time as well.

10. Stock your office kitchen with sodas and buy a good coffee maker. Allowing your staff to have coffee breaks that consist of going to the kitchen rather than out to the store will bring them back to their desks quicker and will give you an energized and appreciative workforce.

11. Can some of your employees come in during off hours? If at all possible, find out if your employees can tailor their hours to curtail ‘rush hour’ traffic. This will provide you with more relaxed employees who aren’t late due to traffic congestion.

12. Look into having a gym at the office or find out if you can get a discount with a gym in your area. By offering your employees this perk, you will have employees who want to come in early or stay late to use the gym. In addition, your employees will be healthier, decreasing the amount of sick leave you will have to pay.

13. Find out if you can work out a discount from the local deli to bring in sandwiches or salads to your office. Your employees will spend more time at their desk rather than ‘out to lunch.’

Dawn Kraus has been working with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations since she graduated Johnson and Wales University in 1994.
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