Attention to detail, you can either have it or not. That’s the typical mindset in a business strategy, but fortunately becoming detail orientated is a skill that can be taught through training and can become a major factor in the growth of an organization.

Overlooking minor details can have an incredibly negative impact. Organizations will not only be spending labor hours and resources to correct a problem, but also trying to figure out where and how the problem occurred and how they can prevent similar issues from happening in the future.

Most importantly, a lack of attention to detail can unfortunately have a negative impact on employee morale. No one wants to think of themselves as the person who always inconvenience others by always making small mistakes, and those who struggle with details may feel unsuited, unskilled, or otherwise unable to advance in their careers.

In some cases, it can be as simple as training your employees on how to be more aware of their work. Here are some actionable tips you can start using in your business strategy.

1. You can learn a lot about how your employees work simply by observing. Look for details that are routinely missed and the obstacles that could be preventing thoroughness. This in not just an assessment of the employee’s performance, but also the tasks at large. Some employees might not be detail-oriented, but employers should examine the factors they can control and fix first.

2. Having a detailed plan can help employees understand their full responsibilities in a task or function. This can be particularly helpful if employees are often distracted or interrupted.

3. Detail-oriented employees are those who are most likely to multitask successfully. For those that aren’t as focused on details, they may be better offer sticking to simple projects. Adding more work to their existing responsibilities may create more stress and pressure than they can handle.

If possible, try to avoid last-minute deadlines or overloading them with projects. You might gradually increase their responsibilities over time once they feel comfortable and confident with their current workload.

4. Having a second set of eyes can help employees find errors in others’ work, which could, in turn, help them recognize issues with their own work. Having a peer review their work can help to take the pressure off of being perfect while also showing them ways they can improve their work quality.
Though not every employee will be in the top one percent of them being detail-oriented, business leadership teams should recognize that there are ways to help their workers improve. Start by making the workplace a fun, positive place to work and watch how it can help your employees focus.

While differing roles and skill levels will have varying need, accuracy and correctness are always a benefit, never a liability.

All employees can benefit from developing detail-orientation skills. A detail oriented employee can be trusted to accomplish complex assignments without mistakes that cost an organization time and money, and like any skill, it requires training, focus and constant refinement.

A businesses should continue to invest in trainings that help develop productive habits and skills to make employees more effective in the workplace, that is an indispensable asset to employers and therefore critical for employees who are looking to advance their career.

A lot of people self-identify as non-detail oriented; they know they’ve been making mistakes, they’re frustrated and they want to do better, but they don’t have the resources they need. Providing those resources can benefit the worker and the workplace.

June 30, 2020


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