The minimalist approach is becoming increasingly popular in the business world. Simplification makes it possible to gain in efficiency and serenity, especially when faced with unforeseen circumstances or difficulties.
Companies that have embarked on this process of simplification are constantly seeking advice and solutions to free themselves from the superfluous and return to the basics.
Minimalism, what is it?
According to experts, minimalism is the search for solutions that require minimal effort and minimal disruption.
Minimalism in business is a way of inducing us to be productive through the simplicity of our actions. In other words, thanks to the minimalist approach of our professional activities, the amount of stress we feel decreases considerably, thus allowing greater productivity.
How does it work in a company? Adopting a minimalist approach in an organization can seem like a complex task. How can we do the same things with less? What is left over in the company? How can we consume less but of better quality? What services should be outsourced to save time and space?
Depending on the type of company, the measures to start with minimalism will be different, but in general, the steps are the same:
Step 1 – Awareness
To adopt a minimalist approach, you must first be aware that you want to change the way you currently work. Taking action will not be useful if not all members of your organization know about and support these changes.
Step 2 – Ask yourself what is essential
What are the essential elements for the company? To answer this question, it is advisable to consult each member of the company. You may not use a wireless cell phone or fax machine, but some of your employees do. Think about what you can get rid of, what you can improve, and possible alternatives to the essentials.
Step 3 – Cleaning and alternatives
This step should be performed with a view to optimization. It is not enough to purify facilities and processes as far as possible, as some might think. The goal is to get rid of everything that is useless and keep only the essentials. It is also necessary to think of the best possible alternatives to essential elements such as (to stay in the example above) telephone lines or fax services.
Step 4 – Results and Maintenance
Once the transition is complete, the results will not be long in coming. A more livable environment, less stressed employees, higher productivity and results… If the minimalist approach can be integrated into a company’s values, it is certain that the results will last over time.
Virtualization, an indisputable help
When you think of a company’s facilities, the first thing that comes to mind are computers, telephony, printers and cables. Companies that fit this description and want to adopt a minimalist approach will be delighted with the latest trend: virtualization.
The virtual fax service, the Cloud contact center, the virtual telephone numbers, the virtual servers, the virtual secretariat… The alternatives to the services and functions we all know and which are essential to the functioning of a company are diverse and varied. By leveraging the capacity of the cloud, any organization can save space, money, and labour.
In other words, if you want to adopt a minimalist approach, your first ally will be the virtualization of your services.