There are some aspects of business where you can reduce costs, but there are far more important aspects that you simply cannot compromise the quality. It would go against an environment-conscious company, for instance, to use wasteful but cheap raw materials for their products.
It would also be inhumane to outsource manufacturing to places known for poor working conditions. Even as all companies struggle to tighten their budget, there is no need to go down a deep, treacherous path. Rather, these might come in handy:
1. Get used vehicles for the company fleet
Car brands matter much in terms of quality. A lightweight vehicle may sound cheaper at first, but if you factor in the likelihood of it performing poorly on the road, the chances of encountering accidents (and thus paying expensively for them) are higher.
Even if you are working with a modest budget, you can still afford a trusted brand such as Volkswagen, for instance, if you look into their used commercial vehicles.
These hold the Volkswagen name, so service centres will keep them in the best condition possible. It will also improve the image of your business if you have a fleet of vehicles from such a well-known car manufacturer.
2. Promote internally
There are billions spent on on-boarding each year. It is difficult and expensive to lose a valuable member of the team, especially because you paid good money to train them until they have fully grasped the company’s work flow.
When they choose to resign due to lack of opportunities in the company, you will need to train another employee to take their place. The cost is higher if you are training someone for a higher position. With that said, it makes sense to look at the current pool of talents in the company for someone who might fit a more senior role.
They already know the company well enough, which means the most they’ll need are refresher courses and additional training specific to their new job title. It also sends out a hopeful message to employees, telling them you notice their performance and are not against promoting anyone who deserves it.
3. Encourage employees to go on a holiday
It’s not just the lack of opportunities that lead an employee to part ways with your company. Some of them might not even be looking for a new job; they just want to take it easy. You do not want unmotivated and overworked employees, as they might be prone to absenteeism.
This brings down the productivity of the company, costing you greatly in lost profits. It also brings down the overall morale of the group. Whether their claims of sickness are legitimate or made up is another matter altogether.
It pays when a company is concerned with the health of their employees. Encourage someone who has been working hard to take a few days off to recharge so that when they come back, they will be more focused. They will also view the company in a more positive light, which could even result in them becoming willing brand ambassadors.
Money is not the only thing you should think of when running a business. For a successful brand to prosper, think of ways to improve profits and care for your employees at the same time.