ELIMINATING “WASTE WORK” FROM YOUR TEAM
The term “non-value-added work” may be unfamiliar, but its meaning is all too familiar: those pervasive, time-consuming, repetitive, yet critical tasks that you and your team can’t avoid, yet are pained to perform. Spending too much time on these tasks and processes leads to decreases in efficiency and productivity.
The good news? Automation can help you banish non-value-added work now, and on an ongoing basis. Automating non-value-added work provides 5 MAIN BENEFITS that translate to overarching business benefits.
1. MANUAL HOURS SAVED ANNUALLY
Allowing talented, knowledgeable employees to spend their time on non-value-added tasks prevents them from being able to use their skills to the fullest, in the function you hired them to perform. Consider this case study, based on a team of 5 people in a small company. The 5 employees spent 3%, 20%, 25%, 30%, and 70% of their time respectively on repetitive tasks. After implementing an automation solution, the percentages were reduced to 3%, 10%, 15%, 15%, and 10%. With the removal of non-value-added tasks, the employees were able to reallocate their time to making better products, providing better support or services, and concentrating on customer satisfaction. The benefits in this bucket are incredibly tangible:
Business benefit: Increased business mobility and scalability.
2. ERROR REDUCTION
The impact of a single error can be astronomical, affecting businesses from data cleanliness to customer satisfaction, and ultimately all the way to the bottom line. And when you connect a cost with an error, it becomes abundantly clear just how much of a problem errors create. When you automate your non-value-added work, you take the possibility for human error completely out of the equation, executing tasks perfectly every time. With error reduction, you’ll also see:
Business benefit: Increased business intelligence and agility.
3. STREAMLINE MISSION-CRITICAL PROCESSES
Hiccups in business initiatives can’t be tolerated, and “bottleneck” has become one of the dirtiest words in business vocabulary today. Why? Because while you’re hiccuping, your competitors could be enjoying the cool, refreshing water of revenue from customers that could have been yours. Automating steps in mission-critical processes gives you the opportunity to:
Business benefit: Improved company value proposition.
4. IMPROVE EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE/MORALE
It’s no surprise that employees are more fulfilled and satisfied with their jobs when they feel they are doing work that contributes, make a difference, and provides a level of intrinsic value. Research shows that the average employee spends in the vicinity of 10-25% of his or her time performing repetitive, computer-related tasks—tasks that don’t feed their creative inclinations or actually solve problems for the business. As business complexity increases and more technology is introduced into their environments, this percentage only increases, and correspondingly, so does employee dissatisfaction and potentially attrition. By unburdening employees through use of automation, you can:
Business benefit: Improvement in productivity
5. IMPROVE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
An error in a customer quote or order can be costly, particularly if you have to pay the ultimate price: losing a customer’s loyalty completely. ALOM, a global leader in supply chain management, explains this concept well in one of their whitepapers focusing on shipping errors. They note that these errors that affect customers eat significantly into profits: an error rate of just 1% translates to an overall profit decrease of 7%. By automating processes that eventually could affect customers (ordering, shipping, fulfillment, support, etc.), companies can:
Business benefit: Improve business reputation and public sentiment