Do you spend a good part of your workday performing repetitive, manual tasks? If yes, then you’re not alone. Most employees—including senior-level executives, spend most of their workday performing mundane administrative duties such as sorting emails and updating spreadsheets. This is counterproductive, to say the least, but things don’t have to be that way—especially not in a world of technology and innovation.
The solution is simple—greater automation. Some organizations have already realized this and are making efforts towards increased workflow automation. By automating their workflow, they are hoping to streamline established business processes that involve multiple people across various functions.
A traditional workflow involves a series of continuous steps that need to be performed by a business one after another. At each step or stage, approvals are required from the beginning to the end. A technology solution, an automated workflow eliminates the need for approvals or human intervention during each step to automate all the processes and save the business valuable time.
I could go on and on about why your business needs automated workflows, but I won’t do that. Instead, I am going to provide you with a list of benefits of workflow automation, leaving the final decision to you and your team.
Saving time is the primary benefit of workflow automation. Not only does automation increase the speed of processes, it also improves the accuracy with which tasks are completed. The time saved with workflow automation can be utilized for other productive tasks that benefit your business.
With workflow automation, you can minimize your administrative errors drastically. Automated workflows eliminate the need for manual data entry and in doing so, eliminate the chances of human errors in the workflow. Also, steps in a workflow are automatically triggered by the automated workflow system, which eliminates the possibility of missing out of any steps in the workflow process.
Often business relies on disconnected processes and tasks that are undocumented and lack any form of security or audit trail. This makes it hard to understand the underpinnings of key business functions and introduces a significant amount of business risk to the corporation. Through automation, companies can ensure a clean audit trail of activities, they can see when and where changes were made and they remove the dependency on individuals and corporate memory.
Get Actionable Data
A major feature of an automated workflow is reports and notifications where you can easily identify critical bottlenecks such as availability of data, process failures and resource allocation. By providing them with relevant and actionable data, an automated workflow helps businesses to make key decisions in a timely manner.
Perform Data Validation
Once you have extracted and categorized the available data, you must verify and validate it against existing sources of data. With a process automation system, you can perform this task without any human input ensuring clean and accurate results. By flagging issues, you also prevent decisions being made on erroneous values which could be quite costly if not caught.
For businesses, improving efficiency, reducing errors, and protecting data is getting harder by the day. In such times, businesses can greatly benefit by making the switch to IT process automation. Get in touch with us today to find out more.