Business organisations face various problems that may make them unable to meet their objectives. Some of the problems may be inherent to the business while others may be external. A business organisation has no control over the external factors that affect business operations. Banana Inc. strives to improve the efficiency of its operations to meet the needs and expectation of its customers. However, the company faces many internal and external problems. The problems range from lack of skilled employees to lack of enough capital. Payment defaults by customers lead to liquidity problems for the company (Leader & Kyritsis, 1994, p. 191). This forced the company to use debt collectors to reclaim some long-standing debts that various customers owed the company. These problems have made the company unable to meet some of its main objectives. However, the company has been able to meet some of its objectives. For continued success of the business organisation, it is critical for the management to use efficient management procedures and ensure that employees have necessary skills.
Employees of an organisation do not work in complete isolation with their colleagues. They must collaborate with other employees of the organisation to increase the efficiency of their activities. This necessitates business organisations to form groups that are tasked with performance of specific duties. Banana has only two employees: the founder and one other employee, Sarah. This necessitates the usage of leader-follower relations (Goethals & Sorenson, 2006, p. 96). Both Sarah and I have skills that complement each other. Despite me being the owner of the business, I still relied heavily on Sarah for the performance of various tasks. I have taken steps to emphasize that Sarah has to increase her efficiency and ultimately the competitiveness of the business organisation.
During business initial stages of development, owners are principally responsible for the management of the business. Owners are familiar with all of the business details and have very close associations with the employees (Cruz-Cunha, 2010, p. 346). I was involved in the day-to-day running of Banana Inc. I made various scrifices for the good of the business. I worked long hours and willingly reduced my salary from the business to cater for financial shortfalls. During this period, I was singlehandedly involved in both production and sales of the company’s products. I was also involved in management of the company’s finances. I kept a record of all customers who owe the company and took measures to ensure that they all meet their payments.
However, I faced various problems in running the business. I wasted a large amount of working hours due to the small size of the business premise. This reduced my efficiency. Since I was the only employee of the business, reduction in my efficiency harmed the business significantly. This necessitates the relocation of the business to a larger premise. However, Banana should not relocate to a business premise that is too large because it would increase operational costs of the business (Kayne, 2005, p. 240). A business premise should have optimal space – a space that is not too large and not too small.
I worked long hours to ensure the stability of the business. However, this took a toll on my personal life. It increased my stress levels. High levels of stress reduce the efficiency of employees (Glenny & Mullinger, 2005, p. 36). Therefore, I should ensure that I regularly take a rest from business obligations. This would rejuvenate and enable me to increase my efficiency and productivity. In addition, I awarded myself with a very low salary. I did not have a constant salary. Sometimes I awarded myself a salary of as much as £5,000 and other times of as low as £500. This self-exploitation made me have a low quality of life. Low salary also increased my stress levels. However, awarding myself a low salary is critical for the ultimate survival of business (Stanford, 1999, p. 141).
The module has enabled me grasp some of the stages that are necessary in efficient management. It has enabled me understand some management reasoning and decision-making steps. However, one of the most critical aspects of management is the timing of a decision. An organisation should ensure that it times its decisions correctly. A decisiion may be right, but if the management times it incorrectly, it may not have the desired effects (Chary, 2009, p. 11). In some instances, wrong timing of the right management decisions may have catastrophic effects on the business. Wrong timing may make people overwork themselves to meet objectives that would have far easier to make had the people made the decisions at the right time (Cottrell, 2002, p. 63). In addition, the module has enabled me appreciate the importance of collaborations in business organisations. Organisations should ensure that employees do not compete with each other, to ensure efficiency of the organisations’ activities (Morgan, 2006, p. 64). There should be collaboration between employees of an organisation, regardless of their rank, within the organisations. This is because each employee has unique set of skills that are vital to business activities. Therefore, the employee should not take any other employee for granted.
The module has enabled me identify some learning and development points that are key to my professional development. It has enabled me appreciate the importance of good relations in achieving the objectives of a business organisation and identify some flaws in my character regarding collaboration. This is the main area that needs extensive development to ensure my future professional development. The module has portrayed the importance of having management skills in ensuring that management can run its activities efficiently. Managerial team should always strive to improve their skills in order to increase business effectiveness and efficiency.
The success of any business relies heavily on the management. The management must make strategic decisions at the right time to ensure the success of business. In most instances, the management must make various sacrifices for the business success. The ultimate success of the business organisation depends on the ability of management to help in the development of a favourable organisational culture. Businesses should have organisational cultures that encourage collaboration amongst the employees of the company and limits competition, which harms the organisation greatly.