Change is hard. Nobody likes change, it’s much easier to carry on with the familiar, regardless of whether there is a better way. Isn’t it?

But what if change could give you the focus you require to navigate through these turbulent times?

As businesses move into survival mode, I still believe it is now more important than ever to work towards being more efficient and productive as a business.

If you are able to get rid of the noise and take control then it enables you to concentrate on the strategic, value add aspects of your business. This is where you need to focus your energy in order to excel in today’s climate.

One way of helping you achieve this is by having tools and systems in place to help manage and give you the insight of what is happening inside your business. If you know what is happening then quite  often you can pre-empt problems before they turn into fires, consuming valuable time.

This is one of the core objectives of QTRACA, to capture all your food safety and quality assurance data, and warn you when something is not right. In fact moving your systems from paper to digital format is the start of this process. Once you begin this journey you will start to realise the benefits of having your data available at your fingertips from anywhere in the world.

You will gain massive insight into your business through the data collected. This in turn will allow you to be more productive and efficient.

As former Productivity Commission  official Paul Conway wrote last week:

 Now is the time for NZ to get right out in front of this thing and use it to our advantage. It’s not so much about the Government ‘picking winners’ at the level of firms but more about the strategic direction of travel, with coordinated investment in R&D, information sharing, regulation, skills and infrastructure. It’s naive to think governments shouldn’t do this.

It’s also about investing in digital skills and encouraging all the small firms operating in our tiny domestic markets to use digital tools to pick up their performance.

So, is it a good time to change? There will always be a reason not to make change, but YES. If you can get past the hard part of making the decision to change, then done correctly your business will start to prosper from it.