14 May, 2020· read

Signs your company should automate

There is continual pressure on companies to optimise processes and reduce overheads. This is a challenge in any circumstance, more so to execute it without compromising job security. This requirement has seen a tendency towards digitisation – and in that – automation.

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Without a clear blueprint on when to implement this, Intelligent Automation is often an option which is merely glanced over without proper consideration of the advantages.

The decision to automate can be liberating, opening many doors to future growth and achieving the targets of a company. Before deciding which aspects to automate, you may want to consider the catalysts for this change to help you decide on making the leap into automation.

We’ve collated the top signs to consider as benchmarks for implementing automation.

Time consuming tasks are hampering productivity

Highly repetitive tasks are a sure-fire sign that a business is ready for automation. By allocating human resources to time-consuming manual tasks and processes, your company is inadvertently opening itself up to potentially costly human error – not to mention huge missed opportunities and wasted expenditure.

Sectioning off the laborious, repetitive tasks and allowing them to be automated allows the employees previously tasked with these processes more freedom to use their time more constructively or pay attention to previously neglected tasks. The human input element will remain, albeit less heavily reliant.

Employee onboarding is a dated process

This process is fairly standardised at most companies and will vary between roles. If you’re finding that onboarding is becoming a dreaded and sometimes poorly executed task, automating this aspect of your business can have far reaching advantages - both for the new employees, as well as those responsible for setting up personalised permissions and authorisations.

Recurring production issues are hindering growth

Whether it’s faulty equipment or unprecedented demand that is setting you back, recurring production issues can be rectified, then streamlined, to enhance production speed and quality. Without the inherent need for rest, machine automation will go a long way in optimising your outputs and alerting you to underlying issues before they bring the production line to a halt.

You have at least one process that affects multiple departments

Inter-departmental communication is a playground for error. If any of your processes can be deemed to affect multiple departments, then they should be considered for automation. One such example is the hiring process – involving team managers, the finance department and of course, HR. By automating this process, clear communication is guaranteed and room for error falls by the wayside.

Consistency is crucial to one or more of your processes

Automation greatly minimises the possibility of error. If accuracy and consistency are important to you, removing the human error element with a shift to automation will help you to achieve this goal.

Your waste levels are excessive

In a production environment, optimised use of materials is paramount to efficiency and profit. If your waste levels are high, irrespective of specialist human input, automation will be able to streamline the entire process. Automation can go a long way to minimise waste as much as possible, and in some cases even eradicate it entirely.

The process of implementing automation may seem slightly intimidating, but the benefits far outweigh the effort and cost. If you’re ready to consider automation that will have a tangible impact on your bottom line, our experts at hand to answer your questions.

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