Business checklists will supercharge your world, and this is why

by Emma of Bramley Business Solutions

This brilliant TED Talk describes a trial which implemented a 19-item two-minute checklist for surgical teams in eight hospitals around the world. These are surgeons, well known for being clever folk. After they adopted the checklist the complication rates fell 35%. It fell in every hospital it went into. The death rates fell by an astonishing 47%. It’s not that they were bad doctors. It’s just that they were human.

Checklists seem to have a reputation as being for silly people who forget things – not at all! Checklists facilitate reliable, high-quality work and free your mind from having to remember everything. Releasing yourself from having to retain this information can really help against the feeling of overwhelm and give you comfort that you’re not forgetting something important.

You may get the impression, quite correctly, that I love checklists. Checklists are particularly good for small business owners who are juggling balls, wearing hats and all those other metaphors for doing everything. It is highly unlikely you can remember everything, consistently, every time – and who wants that pressure anyway?

Benefits of using checklists

  • Don’t miss a thing, from small steps to big important tasks
  • Get it all right, time and again
  • Quick and easy to create and use
  • Saves you energy remembering if you’ve done it all
  • Saves you time fixing it when you didn’t

How to use business checklists
Now that you’re completely on board with the power of checklists, let’s look at how to use them effectively in your work.

  1. When you’re doing any task which you repeat and has multiple steps to remember, write a checklist for it.
  2. Keep your checklists in a format you’ll use. Often this is wherever you do your task management, e.g. Trello, but can be notes on your phone or in a notebook. A digital format is ideal as you can copy and reuse as often as you need.
  3. Next time you come to do that task, whip out your checklist and follow your own instructions on how to do that job brilliantly.
    Things change and you may find you want to add, remove or alter steps in your checklist. In this way, checklists are like a really easy process document. Just update your checklist and that’ll be what happens going forward.

My business checklists
I have checklists for almost everything I do. There is definitely too much going on in my business for me to retain how to do everything! Here are some examples of the things I have checklists for:

  • Creating a blog article
  • Social media scheduling
  • Client sessions on particular topics
  • Invoicing
  • Networking follow up activities
  • Newsletter scheduling
  • Weekly tasks
  • Monthly tasks
  • Quarterly tasks
  • Annual tasks

To give you a head start, I’ve created an easy-to-follow downloadable checklist for you with weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual tasks. It includes everything you need to keep up with to have an organised business, ensuring your business is as amazing as it can be.

Enjoy being able to stay on top of things every week, month, quarter and year instead of just ploughing through business as usual and hoping that you didn’t miss anything. Despite the world around us and the day-to-day chaos, you are definitely capable of staying organised.

With thanks to Emma for allowing us to include this blog in our Support Wealden News pages. Read more of Emma’s business blogs HERE

Bramley Business Solutions
Business consultant

Practical solutions for small businesses
Bramley Business Solutions makes it easier for you to do business. Emma Langridge is a business consultant specialising in bespoke, personal service, improving the practicalities of running your small business.
- Achieve more in less time with productivity and time management
- Process improvement enabling your business to run effortlessly
- Identifying, setting up and training in the right tools for you and your business

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No furlough claims for notice periods from December

News from The HR Dept - CORONAVIRUS HUB

There has been an important update to the extended coronavirus job retention scheme that will change the way furlough can be used from 1st December.

Furlough and redundancies

The latest official government guidance states that for November claim periods, employers can continue to claim for furloughed employees serving a statutory notice period but cannot use grants to substitute redundancy payments.

For claims starting on or after December 1st, 2020, employers cannot claim for furloughed employees serving a contractual or statutory notice period. This includes employees serving notice of resignation or retirement.

If an employee starts a contractual or statutory notice period on a day covered by a previously submitted claim, employers will need to make an adjustment.

Take care when making redundancies

The redundancy process carries risk and correct procedures must be followed in order to comply with employment law.

For furloughed employees who will be made redundant, statutory redundancy and statutory notice pay should be based on normal pay and not the reduced furlough wage.


Furlough extension summary

Below is a recap on what we know so far about the extended scheme:

  • The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of March 2021 and applies to the UK.
  • Eligible employees will continue to receive 80% of their pay for hours unworked.
  • Employers will contribute National Insurance and pension payments only. However, the policy will be reviewed in January to assess if further employer contributions will be necessary.
  • Because of the furlough extension, the Job Retention Bonus no longer applies. The government will re-deploy a retention incentive at a later date.
  • The furlough extension continues to replace the Job Support Scheme.

Visit our coronavirus job retention scheme faq for more information and contact us if you have questions about claiming furlough or the redundancy process for your business.

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At The HR Dept Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove, we will take time to understand you, your business and your people. We will work with you to identify your Human Resource needs and provide a tailored response, ensuring legal compliance and provide ongoing support where needed. Most importantly, The HR Dept Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove offer services that are adaptable and cost-effective, helping you to build a better business and boost your profits.

Many small businesses cannot afford to employ a HR professional to ensure that they are legally compliant with the never ending tide of employment legislation. The HR Dept can free up your time to concentrate on running and developing your business.

Our retained outsourced HR service includes:

  • Unlimited phone and email support, backed up by legal indemnity insurance against tribunal costs and expenses, provided

our advice is followed from the onset of an issue

  • An initial free review of your employment contracts
  • A regular review of handbooks and policies to help you comply with ever changing employment legislation
  • Practical help in dealing with disciplinary, grievance and absenteeism cases
  • Support in recruitment and performance management
  • Managing the redundancy process

We can provide what you need, when you need it, how you need it, designed for the needs of your business. As a small, locally based business, we understand the special needs of small to medium sized organisations and provide down to earth, tailored, pragmatic solutions at sensible prices.

So if you are a business in the Eastbourne, Brighton and Hove or surrounding area and in need of outsourced HR support, please call us now. Don’t forget to request your FREE review of your existing contracts and handbooks.

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