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Combat Complacency with These Three Tips

Combat Complacency with These Three Tips

When it comes to your business, you want to achieve at least some level of satisfaction. Still, you should always strive to improve certain parts of your operations, like customer service or the services you provide in general. That said, let’s consider when you might think, “Enough is enough,” and when complacency might turn sour.

Traditionally, “complacency” has been seen as a big red flag for business owners. The most unforgiving opinions on the Internet might even label it as a disease or a crippling problem that can get in the way of your business’ success. It makes sense to think this, as continuously pushing goals farther and farther away will force the kind of growth needed to keep up with today’s fast-paced business world.

Discussing Complacency

Complacency, despite its bad reputation, is little more than a culture of routine. A business set in its ways, so to speak, can still make out like a bandit in terms of profits, but it might have a shorter lease on life than its contemporaries that might be more accustomed to change and accommodating growth.

There is a Difference Between Individual Complacency and Institutional Complacency

Most of the time, individual complacency can be excused, and that’s because if you assign someone to do repetitive tasks for long periods, of course, they will get bored. That said, they might make mistakes as a result, which is a problem. 

Organizations are a bit more complicated than individuals, and complacency is not good for institutions because a lack of excitement about new solutions and ideas can lead to reduced productivity and engagement. Ultimately, this will lead to turnover and other problems that can have devastating results over time.

Avoiding Complacency

There are ways to overcome complacency; here are three of them.

Foster a Culture of Improvement

If you expect your team to constantly seek improvement, they will find ways to do so, thus creating a culture surrounding the betterment of your organization. This might mean encouraging them to learn new skills, research more technologies, or gain knowledge in high-impact topics.

Establish Tough Goals and Targets

Studies have shown that a set of challenging but manageable goals can give your team the edge it needs to beat the competition. You can also establish more manageable goals by breaking down larger ones into smaller milestones. This way, your team can enjoy reaching goals and building momentum. Setbacks and mistakes can be used as learning opportunities as well.

Use a Dynamic and Adaptive Leadership Strategy

You should be able to change your leadership style to suit your staff’s needs. If you can accommodate the various personalities in your office, you can more effectively encourage them to find innovative solutions to your company’s problems. Communication is vital here, and so is maintaining an open line of communication.

Dresner Group can equip your business with innovative technology solutions to support your battle against complacency. To learn more, call us at (410) 531-6727.

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