Needs and Wants
One of life’s greatest debates is the difference between needs and wants. We all want things, but the question becomes when do we need it? Business changes all of the time, so executives and managers always have to stay on top of the latest technology so they can know what is needed before the competition does. To be successful and maintain the longevity of your business, solutions that put you ahead of the competition have to be considered a need for your business. If you do not classify them that way, it is likely that you are going to have to do so once your competition uses the technology to improve and become better than you.
The best measure to know if a task management system is going to be right for you is to ask yourself whether or not your performance is suffering. Are your stores performing up to their maximum potential? Or, do you see some room for improvement that would easily happen if you could just improve accountability, increase productivity, and execute your plans more effectively? For many multi-store operators, you can see that room for improvement. It is not that you are not performing well, you just know that it can still be better. That is the level that a task management system can help you reach.
There are a lot of factors that go into running a successful business. Included in that are some things that are pretty universally accepted as reasons that will help you be better than your competitor, such as having better products, or your products of the same quality come at a lower price. Customer service is also a key, because people enjoy shopping at your location more than anywhere else when they feel comfortable in the atmosphere.
The challenge, in a lot of cases, isn’t knowing what to do. The challenge is getting it done and knowing what hasn’t been done. If you have ever asked yourself the question, “How much farther ahead would we be if we could just do what we say we are going to do?” you know you are experiencing the pain that task management systems are meant to address. Proper execution is tough, especially when it has to be a coordinated effort that encompasses hundreds, if not thousands of people. Managing this effort is something that can be much easier with a technology tool that is designed for the exact problem.
Maximize Your Potential
If you have taken the time to set up paper checklists in your store, it’s likely because you realize that presenting the same brand across multiple locations is a key for your success. Take that effort and maximize it, so you know that tasks are getting done and you are truly meeting your objectives. Close that gap between your very best and where you actually are by using a task management system. When you know you can improve your workflow and performance, that is when you know a task management system is right for you.