Armed with this knowledge, getting people involved and engaged is actually relatively straightforward. Work with them, understand them, help them and solve their pains, and their engagement and interest are now compounded on top of itself. Now your rocket can go faster and
in a more specific direction.
This is all well and good, but you want some real numbers, don't you?
Assume you could save 1 hour per day per person in a 5 person team (this is pretty conservative, but let's roll with it). That's 5 hours per day, or 25 hours per week, 1300 hours per year!
If you consider that we humans are productive in our work for around 2.5 hours per day
, then that's 40% of your productive time saved, which means you can deliver 2.5x more work in that same timeframe without adding more people, assuming your systems enabled them properly.
Here's the compounding returns bit though: because those people are more engaged, their productivity will increase. We've seen over doubling, but again, let's be conservative and suggest that you'll get a 50% benefit to your productive time. That moves your needle to deliver 3.75 productive hours per person per day, so your whole team, who was previously working at a rate of 3250 productive hours per year are now at 4875.
Now add that 1.25 hours per person per day (50%) to the saved hours, making it 2.25, you're actually gaining a 90% improvement in your capability. Why do you add it to the saved hours? Because you didn't have it there before, so it's extra time you've just got back, still without adding any more people. That's the equivalent of achieving 22.5 hours per person per day!
Before we started, we were delivering 2.5, and we're able to do the equivalent of 22.5 without adding people, and by actually reducing the level of stress
across the business. That's a 9x increase in the volume of business you do every single day.
What are your numbers? These are conservative. But if your systems and your people aren't working together, you'll end up with a compounding negative return instead. It works both ways.
Before I leave you with that thought, let's just look at the salary equivalent of that. To add 22.5 hours per person to that 5-person team without a system would require an extra 40 members of staff (2.5 hours of productive time a day remember?)
If you paid each person £30,000 a year (let's assume, and let's leave out other overheads like tax, pensions, training, kit and so on), that's an additional spend of £1.2m per year.
The reason I wanted to leave you with that calculation is because I get asked the following a lot: "How much would it cost to build a system for my business". The truthful answer is that each business differs. But I can categorically tell you that it won't cost you £1.2m per hour-day saved in a 5-person team.
It will be significantly less.
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