It is the responsibility of the administrative officer in any organization to ensure that the company runs on a cost-effective process and viable solutions for process improvement. The case in this paper covered a period when I served as an administrative assistant. Therefore, I was obligated to ensuring that the company was on a cost-effective and viable solution for process improvement and cost-saving measures that will, in turn, lead to a happy administration and maximized profits.
The company where I was working was made of the Chief executive officer, deputy executive, and the administrative assistant. In most companies, the administration officials tend to have responsibility for more than one job description. This was not different in my company as most of the personalities had multiple job descriptions. This is because the company was struggling with reducing the number of employees to boost its net profits. In cases of work overload, the company could resolve into outsourcing employees to help. I was also obligated to dispatching the company drivers and obtaining the necessary paperwork to bill the company clients once merchandise was delivered. This lot of work could take up a great deal of my time and energy.
But after rummaging around, I finally had a solution to the problem that could make everyone happy and also help the company reduce its costs in operations. The company was spending a lot of money the day to day operations as it was still using the old paper method of record keeping. This led to high supply costs and record maintenance costs. In addition to that, record transfer was so slow thus affecting the overall productivity of the company Therefore the only way to save the company was to come up with a decision that could help cut the unnecessary costs and promote a faster workflow in the business. In addition to that, the company had to comply with all the guidelines set by the government so as to avoid unnecessary lawsuits and a consequential closure. My first proposal was: (Premise 1) Adopting and storing electronic documents could help reduce the company’s monthly operational and supply costs. (Premise 2). The electronic storage, transfer, and receipt of documents are much faster across the company departments. (Premise 3) The transition to electronic record keeping satisfies all the guidelines set forth by the state to guide the operations of companies (Halpern, 2013).
To present my argument to my superiors, I had to do a lot of o research regarding my idea and how it helps the company reduce its operational costs and also comply with the regulations governing its operations. The best place to start with was how to reduce the costs spent on papers and filing folders. This could help the company comply with the DOT regulations. After completing my research on the papers and folders, I needed to be specific on the timeline required to shift to electronic data storage, and that made me contact a programmer who could help us with that. He gave us a six months’ timeframe and also the associated costs. I then presented in the form of a report to the chief executive officer. Attached to the report was the DOT guidelines and regulations on how records should be kept
(Conclusion 1) After the report was reviewed, it was found that the shift to electronic data storage will result in cutting down the quaternary supply budget by 3000. (Conclusion 2) The shift will also bring about a swift transfer of documents thus promoting a faster workflow as documents can be retrieved easily thus maximizing productivity. (Conclusion 3) Through the shift, the company will be able to comply with all the regulations and guidelines set by the DOT.
The core reason why the decision to shift to an electronic data storage system was approved was that it a more simplified system that provided the company with exactly what it needed. The workflow in the company was increased by over 50% and the reduction of filing costs by 85%. The system was cost-effective and efficient thus ensuring that the company maximized its productivity. For this essay, therefore, ‘Good’ can be defined as the process a person takes while trying to select the best and most reasonable choice from all the available options. In decision making, a person should be able to analyze all the outcomes of making a certain decision and therefore be able to determine which option is the best for a specific situation (Mantere, & Ketokivi, 2013).
Some factors had to be considered while making this business decision. Among them were the DOT guidelines and the continuous auditing of our company. Starting with inductive reasoning, the premises provided strong evidence and logic (Evans, 2013). Therefore the conclusion of the decision was probable. There was enough evidence that supported my premise. Deductive reasoning, on the other hand, was applied by the managers who are responsible for maintaining the company budges (Heracleous & Lan, 2012). I provided them with the idea that a shift to an electronic system of storing data could ease the workflow and decrease the costs of storage. The business premise was found to be true by the company. Clear and concise facts were presented. This led to the management to adopt my decision of changing the company’s storage system to an electronic system that could help ease document storage and transfer.
In most organizations, a job title matters a lot if your decision is going to be considered or not. The roles of an assistant, for example, could not have the same effect as those from someone higher in the job title. But I was able to bypass the barriers in decision making by the effective use of research, open communication and clear, articulate, quick delivery of information that was presented to be considered as a solution to an identified problem. The ability to think creatively and critically is key to the success of any business. Therefore with my skills in critical and creative thinking, I was able to advance my ideas until they were adopted by the company. The company also took my decision to the next level as drivers don’t have to be signed out manually. Instead, they could log in electronically thus time and cost-effective. Therefore it is evident from the discussion above of how inductive and deductive reasoning can help in making decisions in businesses and on a personal level.
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