People are in business to make a profit, even not-for-profit
organisations need to make a surplus to survive. But, just how healthy is your
business? All businesses have weaknesses as well as strengths. Now is the time
for you to consider your profitability (PROFIT) issues such as:
- People Management and Culture,
- Resources and Risk Management,
- Operations and Systems,
- Finance and Focus,
- Innovation and Ideas,
- Technology and Timeliness.
A Business Health Check can be a key part of this process;
it asks some key questions about your business, highlighting areas of potential
weaknesses and pointing you in the direction of relevant help and support.
Do you have enough time to do all this and keep running your
business? Do you have the expertise? Well there are third party experts who can
assist in your business health check and, whilst you know your business better
than anyone, having more than in-house opinions and perspectives is valuable as
it utilises the experience and knowledge of expert business advisors – people
external to the business with a fresh perspective.
Ensure that 2011 is your healthiest year yet. To ensure you
achieve your maximum profit in 2011 you need to consider the following issues
and take steps to address areas where you or your business may be lacking.
People, Management and Culture
Consider the terrific people you have on board, are they
performing to their full potential? Do you allow them to? Do you listen to
their feedback, do you talk to them and let them know that you value them? In
looking at the organisation’s operations it is also critical to understand the
culture. Remember that people are flexible and require ownership of whatever
they do to perform to their best abilities. Is your management structure the
best for your operations? Are … Read more
It is very important to visit the dentist on a regular
basis. Finding the right dental practice is also essential to good oral
hygiene. You should first start off by looking into the professional background
of the dental professional. They should be licensed and properly accredited.
You should also be comfortable with the actual facility. The staff should be
friendly and professional. And they should manage all of their appointments in
a timely manner.
All dental practices are different and vary according to the
dental services they provide. There are also differences in the quality of
service. Some facilities are better than others so it is a good idea to look
around and make sure you are selecting a good practice. The facility should be
clean and well managed.
Professionals that perform dental work must go to school to
receive their training. Upon all of their training and testing they are then
licensed and are able to work on patients. Some of these professionals move on
to form their own practice or the join an existing practice. It is good to know
their credentials and their areas of expertise before scheduling an
Most of the dental practices have websites that offer
information about the services they provide as well as the background
information on the dentists at their facility. The websites will also usually
site information on the different types of equipment that they use on
specialized procedures. If all of your questions are not answered, then you
should call in or visit the office for additional information. You want to go
to a facility that is current on all of the technology.
When you visit the practice, the employees should be
organized and ready to assist you. Every customer should be warmly greeted and
given proper … Read more
Having a party
catering business can be fun and rewarding, but it can also be a big challenge.
It may surprise you to learn that one of the biggest challenges is not the
food, but the planning.
For example, it’s
important to plan ahead to determine what you want to charge your catering
clients. That amount will, of course, change. It’s all based on the type of
event being held and how much work will be involved.
A good rule of thumb
is to interview your client and at that time, tell them that your rate is in a
certain range, such as $50 to $100 per hour, depending on the event. That’s if
they ask you. If they don’t ask you, don’t tell them. It’s better to wait to quote prices until
after you interview them. Then, you can submit an accurate proposal for them to
Having a successful
party catering business is all about going the distance and meeting all of the
needs of your clients. To do that, you should get a feel for what the guest of
honor will want, as well as the needs and wants of the people throwing the
party. Your customers will really know that you run a great party catering
business if you show them that you can tailor your services for any client or
Basically, your job as
a party caterer is to turn what would otherwise be a generic or bland wedding,
anniversary or other event into a memorable occasion.
As a party catering
business owner, one big way to do that is through creating a delicious and
unique menu. Be sure to adapt your menu
to your client’s likes, needs, and dietary restrictions or requirements.
Remember that they
would simply go out to eat … Read more
Although we don’t like
to think about it, a natural disaster can occur at any time. Further, there’s
often little we can do to avoid the disaster if our business is in its path.
However, what you can do is create a plan to help your business remain as
operational as possible in the midst of a natural disaster, such as a
hurricane, and recover to full business operations as quickly as possible. Your
disaster preparedness plan should include the following.
Consider arranging for
a remote location from which to work. Depending upon the natural disaster, your
local business facility may be unusable for days, weeks, or even months.
Further, in the midst of a disaster, you may not be able to make it into your business
location because of road closures or conditions which make driving unsafe.
Therefore, it’s always wise to have a remote location from which your local
business can operate.
However, it’s not
enough to merely designate a possible working location, it’s also necessary to
conduct a mock disaster drill and utilize the location as you would in a true
disaster or emergency. One of the most important items to verify is that you
can access needed computer systems and files from this location. Create as realistic
of a scenario as possible in order to be able to troubleshoot issues which
could arise during an actual situation.
Review and update
business contact list and emergency contact procedures. In the case of a
natural disaster, you want to have a plan in place for notifying your employees
about what is happening with the local business and what you expect from them.
One step to this end is to create/update your emergency contact list; ensure
all the necessary parties have a copy of this list. You … Read more
While reading some
online content the other day, I happened across a paragraph that gave me pause.
The article was addressing the work of primary care providers. Nothing earth
shaking in what I read until I saw a sentence that said we should ask the
patient how they define health. WOW!!! This is a major point that we often
overlook. Taking notice of this one item can explain a great deal about our
patient’s health behavior.
Those of us who have
chosen an occupation in the health and wellness field have been well educated
in the classic definition of health. We study normal lab values, charts, tables
and a plethora of other items that we use to define good health. Variations to
these normal values are usually indicative of some disease process. When a
healthcare provider sees a value outside of the normal, we have this deep,
burning desire to manage and correct the process that produced the offending
value. We will often consult fellow practitioners to get their consul on how to
best address the problem that we have found. Then we use a variety of
medications and procedures to try and bring all of the values we measure back
to the physiologic normal. At that point we pronounce the patient healthy.
According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 12 million
workers in the healthcare sector. That seems like a lot of people until you
consider the population of the entire United States, slightly more than 300
million people. Thus, only about 4% of the population looks at health the way
that a nurse, pharmacist, physician or other healthcare worker does. The other
96% probably define good health or wellness in ways that we find difficult to
When a healthcare
worker … Read more