Organizational Challenges of a Growing Business
Every growing business faces organizational challenges; they’re not a sign of failure. On the contrary, when your business begins to experience organizational growing pains, it can be a sign of success. Here are some common challenges met by expanding ventures:
The Older Forms No Longer Fit
This is perhaps the biggest organizational challenge of a growing business. The organizational forms that you once used when you first started no longer meet the needs of your growing business. In this case, it’s time to take a good, hard look at your organization. Do you have an organizational chart outlining the structure of your company? If not, do you need one? These are the questions you need to ask yourself as your organization expands.
Integrating New Employees and Departments
As your organization grows, you might find that stricter organizational rules na lines are in order. If this is the case, integrating new employees into your organization can become more difficult. Further, regardless of what organizational forms your business uses to begin with, as you grow, you’ll likely add new departments to your business. This presents challenges when it comes to integrating the new departments into your business. You’ll need management for these departments, as well as logistics connecting them to other parts of the business.
Integrating New Businesses
Sometimes your business doesn’t grow in small steps -- it grows in one fell swoop. If you’ve acquired a new business, integrating it into your new business is one of the biggest challenges you are likely to face as a business owner. Think of the challenges of integrating a new employee or department into your business. Now magnify this by about a hundred. That’s the challenge your facing when you merge an existing business with your own.
Not All Solutions Are Scalable
Not everything is a question of “bigger / more” when it comes to the organizational challenges of your growing business. For example, when it comes to having multiple departments, less is often more. But when there are competing needs between different departments, you can’t simply scale your solutions from being a smaller business. You need a new solution -- management that oversees the management of both departments. There are many other challenges you are likely to encounter as your business grows that do not have scalable solutions.
You might have the best employees in the world for a small business. But they might not be up to the task of growing with your business. Or, perhaps they are better suited to different tasks in the organization than the ones they presently have once your organization begins to grow. You have to keep an eye on all your employees to ensure that they are able to roll with the punches and provide the same quality of work as when your business was smaller.
Growing Your Business
Your business exists to grow, to expand and become something more than what it once was. While this is one of the best feelings in the world, it isn’t without new challenges and difficulties. In fact, these are the challenges that separate the men from the boys as it were. However, if you know what organizational challenges confront small businesses on the grow, you will be better prepared to meet these challenges as they arise.
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