There are many benefits of automation. The rapid advance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) means that some work tasks can now be done by machines – from matching invoices and purchase orders to scheduling meetings. However, these benefits don’t come without speculation and fear: the most common being the fear of worker displacement. From an employer’s perspective, automation may sound alarm bells of another cost, however, automation isn’t just a cost centre for modern companies – it can significantly add to your bottom line. Many businesses report that work automation free employees from drudge work and boosts effectiveness, creativity, and efficiency, finding that the costs incurred for automation are significantly outweighed by its ROI. So, let us take you through the 5 key benefits of automation on employees and help you and your employees cast away any reservations.
1. Reliable processes and risk mitigation
No matter how diligent or conscientious an employee, human data entry will inevitably have the ‘human error factor’ creep in, negatively impacting a company’s key data. Mis-entered data has the ability to snowball errors. Consequences could lead to heavy fines if not in line with any legislation requirements, and hours lost in corrective measures. With an automated solution, the entire process is automated, containing error frequency while addressing any minute requirement, streamlining tasks.
2. Improved safety and security
In a factory setting, automation is taking over dangerous jobs involving blades, welding, chemical exposure, and more. Any human error can have huge consequences in this setting, especially after workers have been on the line for long hours. Whereas in an office setting, automation also reduces human error around security. For example, automation can help monitor unusual cyber activity. This helps to keep your company’s sensitive information safe.
3. Higher output
While automation has the potential to replace jobs, it also has the potential to create higher profits, allowing businesses to grow. Take for example the rise of ATMs may have decreased bank teller employment, but because ATMs made it cheaper to operate each branch, the number of branches increased. In turn, bank teller employment overall increased because of the ability to serve more customers during more hours at a lower cost.
4. Ability to focus on other areas of work
Another benefit of automation is that it allows employees to focus on the jobs that require critical thinking and free them from busywork. Automation also has the ability to eliminate the horribly boring tasks. For example, applying hundreds of labels a day gets old quickly and requires minimal skill. The same goes for exchanging a long chain of emails to try and coordinate a meeting time — not to mention time-consuming. Automating systems saves time, money, and is likely to increase worker morale as well.
5. Higher employee satisfaction
Productivity and profits have a clear link. So, it makes sense to automate aspects of your business that allows your employees to have a higher sense of value and be more productive. Employee satisfaction goes up when the repetitive and mundane is taken care of, leading to more enjoyable jobs and lower employee turnover.
Work automation often involves using technology to automate repetitive, manual processes. As well as streamlining workflow, keeping track of each part of a process and helping to increase overall productivity, automation can free people up to concentrate on more knowledge-based tasks, allowing them to use their skills in a more strategic way. These benefits of automation together impact positively on your bottom line.
Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. Melanie has been writing about inventory management for the past three years. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.