An employee’s contribution to any business comes from the amount of value they can add to the business. As a result, employees are usually compensated based on this value. Thus, increasing your value to the company will not only benefit the company, but may help you to advance as well.
There are many different ways an employee can add value. Generally speaking, they fall into four categories.
- Increase revenues
- Reduce costs
- Reduce your boss’ stress and/or workload
- Improve processes
Increase Revenues: Most people believe they need to be a sales person to affect revenues. Although salespeople may have the largest exposure, all employees generally have some form of contact with customers and can add value to a customer by treating them well and ensuring that their contact with you is hassle-free and makes their life easier. That customer will then want to return to the business and make additional purchases and will even tell their friends and co-workers about you.
Reduce Costs: This is fairly obvious. Your use of the company resources increases costs. The employee who adds value to the company will use the company resources wisely. Also, you add value when you help the company purchase additional resources at reasonable costs. Simply put, don’t waste the company’s money.
Reduce Your Boss’ Stress and/or Workload: Many people don’t realize the impact they have on their boss. Yes, you influence your boss in many ways. Helping your boss reduce stress is a very important way to add value to the company. Volunteering for projects and pitching in when the boss needs a little extra help will go a long way, especially at review time. I once had an employee who would occasionally come into my office unexpectedly and offer to file the stacks of paper that needed to be filed. She kept my filing updated and organized. I appreciated her more than anyone because she reduced my stress and workload at the same time. And, when it came time for the annual raise, I recognized her for her efforts.
Improve Processes: One of the best ways to add value is to do more work in less time. Of course, we don’t want to take shortcuts that could result in problems, but if we can do the same tasks in less time we can do more, thus adding greater value to the company.
Handily, one way that you can tick all of these boxes is to introduce HotDocs document automation software to your organization. All of the above have an element of improving efficiency and this is what HotDocs is best at.
Revenue can be increased through seamless customer onboarding or sales contract production, for example. Costs are reduced because so much time is saved in the production of critical documentation and your manager’s stress levels come way down because the department is more productive and his or her boss is delighted with the results achieved. Processes are vastly improved as you move away from manual, repetitive, error prone and time consuming document production.
HotDocs users save themselves hours of work and automatic document creation improves the process by making it virtually error-free. With all that extra time on your hands, you will be able to focus on other tasks, take on other responsibilities and look at how you might streamline in other areas.
On top of all this, you’ll bring benefit to the overall company and make your boss look good too. And you just might add value to your personal bottom line as well.
To find out more about how HotDocs can help you to add value by automating the document production process, schedule a 30-minute demo.