If you want to make the most out of your profession as a licensed electrician or electrical contractor, you must be able to effectively complete as much work as possible in the shortest time frame. This is an important point since research shows that those in the electrical industry are in high demand in Australia.
This demand is certainly great news for electricians and electrical contractors looking to take their business to the next level, but only if they know how to make the most of their time.
So, what’s the key here? Efficiency. You probably think that you’re already working quite efficiently, but are you really making efficiency a priority? Below, we discuss why boosting efficiency makes your job easier, and why it should be at the top of your must-have list.
Why Efficiency is Key
Working efficiently means cutting back on wasted time, energy, and resources. It means finding the most effective way to complete a task—be it logging jobs or filing compliance certificates—and making the workday work for you.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by paperwork, cramped job schedules, loads of client details, and other administrative tasks. That’s why finding ways to boost your work efficiency has so many advantages you don’t want to miss out on, such as the ones below.
Advantages of Added Job Efficiency
Job efficiency, especially in terms of reduced paperwork and admin time, should be a priority for every tradesman who wants to keep their business operating smoothly and profitable.
Improved Job Performance
Reducing the time spent filing mandatory compliance certificates means you can maximise the time spent on the job itself. More time spent focused on the job means you’re more productive and less likely to make errors. Efficiency in terms of finishing admin and compliance tasks also results in more time for you to not only finish client jobs, but to also focus on more training and learning and growing your business.
Since working more efficiently improves your job performance, clients are also far more likely to be satisfied with your work. Happy clients lead to positive feedback, great reviews, and referrals—opportunities that will lead you to more jobs and, therefore, a more secure financial future.
When you’re working inefficiently, you’re more likely to make mistakes or overlook something critical. For electricians and electrical contractors, this might mean failing to properly lodge compliance certificates, which will lead to penalties of up to $550,000. This goes beyond that—even your reputation may be affected negatively, resulting in less clients in the long run. However, if you’re working efficiently, you’re able to both finish tasks on time and the right way. And by that we mean you’re able to lessen mistakes, leading to more satisfied clients and avoidance of the negative effects of the errors you might otherwise make if you’re working inefficiently.
Better Schedule Management
It’s easy to book in too many jobs too close together or lose vital job details when you’re running an inefficient system. Having a streamlined and efficient way to log jobs and client details in advance means you can allocate each task the time it deserves without compromising quality. In other words, efficiency allows you to plan and manage your schedule better, helping you delegate your time and energy wisely and prioritise tasks more effectively.
Meeting Your Compliance and Efficiency Needs
In this day and age of mobile innovation and online connectivity, digital tools that are able to help us gain added efficiency are available. For those in the electrical, mining, and constructions fields, one such app exists: QuickSafety.
Built with compliance in mind, QuickSafety ensures you’re on top of all your compliance certificate tasks. It has the necessary features to do so, such as:
- Fast and easy compliance lodging
- Secure storage for up to the required five years (seven years in New Zealand)
- 24/7 access whenever you’re within network range
- Works offline—stores data and uploads it once you have online connectivity
Aside from making compliance easier, QuickSafety also helps you manage your job better in general. It allows you to pre-plan jobs so you’re able to manage your schedule better and syncs across all devices in your team, so all team members and admin are up-to-date when it comes to information and job requirements. It also allows for efficient inspections, testing, and electrical standard validation, making sure that the more technical aspects of your job and compliance are also given adequate attention.
All this is done while minimising paperwork and clutter in your workspace, which has its own set of advantages.
If what you just read resonates with your current needs or if you’re simply looking for more information about our app, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me or my team.