5 overlooked shortcomings of businesses that lead to failure

27 February 2017
Vectors used are from Freepik
Vectors used are from Freepik

Businesses can fail for many reasons. Usually, it stems from the ignorance – owners don’t know their business is about to fail until it’s too late. The worst part is when some of the issues are not outright visible, making it hard for executives, managers, and employees to do something about it.

Awareness is the first step to resolving issues that may lead your business to fail. Take note of these shortcomings as your organization might be guilty of them.

Ignoring negative feedback from clients

When our products or services do not receive negative feedback as often, there is a tendency for us to ignore the comments we’ve received. We are inclined to conclude that they’re small mistakes which won’t happen again. But at this day and age, snubbing unsatisfied clients would mean putting your reputation at risk.

Reputation plays a significant role in the success of your business. It is one of the major factors which potential clients and investors consider when deciding to put trust and confidence in your product or service. Today’s technology has enabled people to broadcast opinions to a worldwide reach, which means negative feedback can be seen by many, hurting your chances of doing business with potential clients.

High employee turnover rate

Frequent employee turnovers affect business more than you think. Not only does it take a serious hit on your business financially (considering expenses for wages, interviews, trainings and advertising), it also adversely affects other aspects of your business.

Turnovers can negatively impact employee morale and productivity. New hires most likely lack the same caliber of skill and experience your previous employees have, which can result to inconsistency in product or service quality and poor performance on your business’ part. Moreover, should once the word gets out, attracting and finding high-quality talent can be difficult.

Overstocking equipment

It might seem like a good deal to buy spare parts or equipment in bulk because it may mean lower prices, but buying more than you need is dead money. Overstocking equipment can cause cash flow issues for your business. And when expenses outstrip earnings, your business will be in trouble.

Poor leadership

When directors or managers are unable to provide direction, coaching and motivation to their members, it can negatively impact your business in many ways. Strategies can be difficult to execute due to low morale and poor synergy. And when employees aren’t committed to their jobs, it can result to less profitability. Paying little attention to how business is being run can cultivate a culture of poor leadership, which can perpetuate across your company at all levels.

Workplace complacency

Doing the same tasks everyday causes employees to fall into routine and complacency. It might not seem like an issue when they’re doing the tasks correctly, but even then, it harms business.

The automaticity of routine produces employees that are less likely to reflect on the quality of what they produce, causing the quality of their performance to suffer. They become disengaged at work, losing their will to innovate. And when employees are not performing to bring your business to the next level, your business won’t go very far.

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