Work-life balance as a Finance AVP is a term used for the idea that an individual needs time for both work and other aspects of life (personal interests, family and leisure activities).
Our schedules are getting busier than ever before, which often causes our work or our personal lives to suffer. The compounding stress of Finance AVP from never-ending workday is damaging. It can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness.
The Role of the Purchasing Manager
The best work-life balance is different for each of us because we all have different lives and different priorities. Work-life balance doesn’t mean an equal balance. There is no perfect balance you should be striving for. At the core of work-life balance is meaningful daily Achievement and Enjoyment.
When employees feel a greater sense of control and ownership over their own lives, they tend to have better relationship with management and tend to feel more motivated and less stressed out at work, which in turn increases company productivity and reduces conflicts.
Companies that encourage work-life balance have become very attractive to workers. These companies also tend to enjoy higher employee retention rates and more loyalty. Promoting balance is beneficial to both employees and companies.
Even though the traditional mom and pop retail shops have been getting a lot of attention in recent times, it is the trend of Specialty Stores [Modern Trade Retail Chains] that is really taking off. The Specialty Stores promise big business to the FMCG companies, all thanks to the ever changing attitude of majority of consumers who prefer to shop from specialized stores like Wal-Mart, Spencers, Reliance Retail, Big Bazaar and many more when compared to the stand-alone stores.
Attesting to the fact that consumers have changed their buying perspectives does not make things easier for the FMCG companies. This focus shift has also made the consumer behavior more volatile. An attractive TVC, schemes that work on a buy some get some free model, discounts offered, or a fall in price is enough for the consumer to choose a brand. In a situation as fragile and fickle as this, tracking the sales till the consumption level is very critical for strategic decision making.
Why Specialty Stores are capturing all the Attention of FMCG Industry?
Specialty Stores are the bulk buyers of fast moving & over-the-counter (OTC) products. With thousands of prospective consumers visiting these stores daily, and the evident fact that such products are better exposed and have higher probability of getting sold in small time-frame due to very competitive cost, Specialty Stores have emerged as the hub of attention by sales and marketing strategists of FMCG companies.
Leveraging IT is not an alien concept to majority of the FMCG players, but that often stops till the National Distributors, Stock Keeping Units, or at maximum, the distributor / micro distributor level. To track the ever-changing consumer buying behavior, it is essential to traverse down till the Tertiary level or till a level when the product reaches the hands of the consumers.
In a hypothetical example where the manufacturer of a healthcare product like a disinfectant has a robust method in place, may be a top-notch ERP, to track its Primary product movement and product sale from manufacturer to C & F agent and distributor simultaneously. Some companies also track the secondary level sales from distributor to the sub-distributors; but the last and the most crucial level loses its significance due to multiple challenges in data collection and touch-points. With little knowledge on how consumers are behaving to this disinfectant, the continuous production of the product can come out as a major loss to the manufacturer.
Tracking Sales at Tertiary Level hence becomes one of the key criterions in analyzing:
- Consumer buying behavior
- Production Planning
- Strategies in the distribution channels & route plan
- Limitations in consumer knowledge that influence decisions
- Product Packaging plan
- How consumer motivation and product development decision strategies co-relate
- How manufacturers can adapt and improve their marketing campaigns and strategies to reach the consumer more effectively
Tracking the sales manually at any given level is not possible. Unlike the sale of home appliances or electronic items that is relatively slow, the FMCG products sell quickly and in great numbers. They also have varied product categories & SKUs which make it impossible for the FMCG manufacturer to tap the data. Automating the process becomes a mandate; with companies like CalvinKare, Britannia, India Pistons, etc. already cashing on this IT advancement.
Tertiary Sales is a great criteria for knowing the consumer buying behavior, which inadvertently also acts as product testimonial. Drawing inference from the same example of a disinfectant, a sudden drop in its sale at the tertiary level will help you analyze the reasons- and when you know the "reasons", there is nothing stopping you from improving your sales.
There are many ways employers can promote work-life balance in office, some of which are: company outings, offering remote working and flexible hours, providing good health coverage, encouraging employee education.
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Empowering employees like Finance AVP to take control over their work and home lives can have a profound impact on their job satisfaction and performance, enabling companies to achieve success. Achieving work-life balance is a daily challenge. It can be tough to make time for family, friends, community participation, spirituality, personal growth, self-care, and other personal activities, in addition to the demands of the workplace.
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While most companies talk about consumer friendliness, customer centricity, customer relationship etc. more often than not they are mere lip service or jargons with little sincerity behind these grand sounding words.
When a company lacks the sincerity to deal with their customers fairly, some one comes along and puts the company on the dock and though the trial by the customers may be long drawn out it is ultimately the death sentence for the brand or the organizations itself many a times.
There are hundreds of recorded cases of companies going down the tube in spite of the best possible product and high visibility promotions just because they failed to take care of the customers in all sincerity.
Jeremy dorosin and the Starbucks is a case in point where one single customer created a movement and media attention so wide that the company had to close shop.
Starbucks coffee simply refused to acknowledge the genuine grievance of a customer and laughed him off. In spite of their claims of people oriented service, they failed to note a genuine customer complaint. When Jeremy Dorosin went to the media and the internet, millions of affected customer whether of starbucks or other companies joined in to orchestrate their protest against the high handedness of big business? The unfairness was visible when Starbucks painted Jeremy Dorosin as a nut.
The company had to close shop ultimately and we now have the famous term Starbucked out of this customer victory.
Just do a search of the word Jeremy Dorosin in any search engine and you can read all about it.
The point that needs to be raised here is:
Can the customer be used like a whore? Use them and discard them when you feel like. Is he just a number; the more you have the better is your bottom line.
Or is the customer going to be an important component around which your business revolves.
Would you like to shortchange the customer for your short term profits?
Do you react differently to your customer and you as a customer?
Is your entire organization designed to revolve around the customer or only your Sales and Customer Care have to think about them and rest of the organization is trying to beat the customer orientation by an accountant mind set.
These are just the basic questions you need to ask yourself if you want to survive and profit from business. As Peter Drucker said almost 50 years back, Customer is Business.
Decide whether you want run a business or run out of it by forgetting the customer.
When a Finance AVP spends the majority of its days on work-related activities and feel as if they are neglecting other important components of their lives, stress and unhappiness result. Thus, you must learn to draw a clear line between your personal and work time and set clear expectations with your colleagues.