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Business Checklist: what to do in November


The last month before the chaos of Christmas really kicks off, November is a time to get your ducks in a row. Check out our list of things you really should be doing this month:

Listen to the Autumn statement

The Autumn Statement takes place on Wednesday 23rd November, at 12.30 and should be of interest to all businesses. Find out which industries the Government will be focussing on in the coming months, and what measures they will take to protect the economy post-Brexit. Want a sneak peak? Read our predictions

Assess your energy usage

We hate to bang on about this, but it really is important to assess how much energy is being wasted in your office. Is your heating set to tropical? Are devices left on standby overnight? If so you will be paying far more than you need to on your heating. Check out our tips on how to reduce your energy usage when the temperatures drop.

Check Christmas holidays

Now is the time to make sure your staff have their Christmas holidays sorted, and circulate any policies about last minute time off, in order to manage expectations. Having your office party on a weekday? Now is the time to ensure that staff know what is acceptable with regards to coming into the office the morning after.

Motivate your staff

Whilst Christmas is a time for high spirits, it can also be a time for workplace boredom and low productivity. Who wants to be stuck at a desk when there are presents to be bought and mulled wine to be drunk? Spend some time in November to think of ways to motivate your staff – from incentives for performance to team awards. 

Plan your finances

If Christmas is a slow time of year for you, cash may be tight. Check that your business plan and targets account for this, and make plans to ensure that your cash flow won’t be too badly affected over the holidays. 

Remember to follow us on Twitter for small business advice and the latest energy saving news @switchmybiz.

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