For starters, manual processes are prone to human error; it’s unavoidable. These mistakes can cost companies time and money. However, by automating these tasks, you expose yourself to fewer errors and, as a result, less risk. Automating your workflows will remove the human element from many of your tasks, automatically performing an action based on rules or approvals. You no longer have to worry about someone entering the wrong data, neglecting to pass a job or file on to the next person or department, sending it to the wrong person, attaching the wrong file, and so on.
In addition to eliminating errors, automating workflows will also save your company time by keeping things moving. In any process, there are inevitably delays, as someone sits on something before forwarding it to the next person to complete the task or forgets about it completely. By automating the process and setting time limits on each task, you’ll cut out wasted time and increase haste within your operation.
Finally, automating your workflows will free your employees from the tedium of performing manual, repetitive tasks. Removing this burden will positively impact their morale and allow them to focus their energy and efforts on more critical business activities. Doing high-value work gives employees a much-needed sense of purpose in their job and improves engagement.
Once you’ve decided to turn to workflow automation, it can be challenging trying to choose from all the automation software available to you today. Regardless of the size of your company or what business you’re in, set yourself up for success by choosing software that:
- has an intuitive, user-friendly interface to minimize the learning curve and ensure your employees enjoy a hassle-free experience;
- requires no additional programming;
- integrates with your existing software, hardware, and applications;
- sends automated alerts and notifications; and
- features permission-based access controls.