6 tips for running a business you don't often think about

When big picture tasks take up all of your time as a business owner, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the small things that make up a healthy and happy work environment.

From fruit baskets to fire extinguishers, there is an essential checklist of items that will ensure your workforce is happy, healthy and safe – as well as making your business a great place to work.

Here are six tips to ensure you don’t neglect the things that will make a difference in your business.

Catering increases productivity

While it might seem like an unnecessary expense, a small amount of catering can go a long way when it comes to employee engagement. Fuelling your team ensures they have active minds and increases their concentration – not to mention the obvious benefits of a caffeine injection! Providing coffee and tea in-house also removes the need for employees to spend too much of their work day hiking to and from the local café for their coffee fix.

And you don’t need to supply an entire three-course meal. Healthy and simple options such as prepaid fruit boxes and fresh milk deliveries make the perfect addition to your regular tea, coffee and biscuit offering. Plus you can easily order these services online without leaving your desk.

Amenities are key

As well as healthy snacks, a well-appointed kitchen is essential for your small business. Consider key amenities such as a microwave, toaster, kettle, and even a small coffee machine – a filter water fountain will ensure you’re providing clean, fresh water to employees and clients. Of course, you should also ensure you have plates, cutlery, coffee mugs, glasses, and napkins on hand – and anything else your employees may need to make sure they well-fed and watered.

Mail and packaging supplies

When it comes to stocking up on office supplies, don’t just think about pens, notepads and copy paper. Keeping a range of packaging products such as bubble wrap, tape, labels and bags on hand in the office will make the 4pm post office rush an easy, quick pack-and-post without the added stress.

Team work makes the dream work

No matter what size your business is, there are always additional jobs that aren’t explicitly specified under everyone’s job title – and one of those points of contention always seems to be the kitchen. Keeping shares spaces clean and tidy is everyone’s job, so a roster can help with encouraging teamwork in this area. Similarly, keeping storage spaces tidy, and electing someone to ensure the supply order is up to date can be easily solved with a rotating roster.

Clean space, clean mind

Making sure that everyone pitches in when there is cleaning work to be done is one thing, but you also have to provide the right products to do it. Stocking the office with kitchen cleaning supplies, bathroom amenities and tools of the trade like brooms, mops and dustpans not only ensures that the cleaning will get done, but that there’s no excuses.

Safety first

Health and safety is one of the most important things to consider when setting up or managing your workplace

You may already have fire extinguishers and fire blankets in place, but an easily accessible first aid kit and rigorous workplace training is also key. If you’re not sure where to start, investing in safety training for your team is recommended. You can also invest in specialised training for leaders, as well as warden and evacuation training, and first aid, which will ensure your team is protected when on the job.

It’s also essential to keep on top of the health and safety requirements and legislation in your state, to ensure your workplace is operating well.