It’s time to put these misconceptions to rest and discover how automation can help streamline a company’s workflows. Join me as we debunk four common automation myths and illuminate the truth: Automation is awesome.
- Automation is too technical for me to understand.
While automation is based in technology, it isn’t highly technical. In the early days of business automation, tools tended to be highly-technical, overly-customized, and offered on-site – which meant you needed a technical understanding and money to burn. Now, that’s not the case. Automation tools are less expensive, easier to use, and can be implemented quickly and easily without consultants or an IT degree. A no-code designer feature allows any user the ability to easily build and deploy their workflows – without having the ask IT for help.
- Automation will take my job.
It’s fair to assume that automation tools work as futuristic robots, swooping in and replacing human workers. While the fear is that automation makes staff inessential, quite the opposite is true. Automation removes repetitive “request and fulfill” tasks, automates them and allows employees to focus on more important endeavors. The Samanage State of Work Survey revealed that workers spend an average of 520 hours a year – more than one full day’s work each week – on repetitive tasks such as new employee onboarding, contract review and approval and supply requests. When all of these repetitive services are automated, your company can save time and money, and enhance job positions as opposed to eliminating them.
- It’s too expensive – especially for my small business.
Many business owners see the benefits of automation but fail to give it a second thought because they don’t think they can afford it. But, maybe they’re looking at it in the wrong way. Manual processes are expensive, creating hefty office supply expenses as well leaving significant room for human error. Slow manual processes also lead to a lagged return on investment as contracts and other documents slowly move through their appropriate workflows. Forrester Consulting recently conducted an economic impact study on workflow automation and found that the return on investment over three years was 176% with a payback period of 10.5 months. Automation tools expedite business processes, reduce paper costs, and put money in your pocket faster.It also depends on the product. While some solutions can be rather pricey, others offer unique pricing models that make it much more affordable for their clients. For example, OnTask’s pricing is based on usage instead of user, and it also offers the option to purchase a never-expiring “bucket” of transactions. This allows companies to incrementally automate at a comfortable speed or automate across departments all at once.
- Everything is fine, so I shouldn’t bother changing.
The processes you have in place work just fine and you don’t want to mess that up – we get it. Even if you believe your current processes are top notch, it is worth it to sit down and evaluate your processes on a regular basis to ensure that you are operating most efficiently. According to a recent study by market research firm IDC, companies lose 20-30% of revenue every year due to inefficiencies. A major indicator of success is how well your company can adapt to a rapidly evolving business landscape – and dated processes can hold you back. Automation tools are easily customizable – providing you with flexibility, allowing you to readjust quickly in response to customer needs, and helping you grow. Begin by automating simple, repetitive processes to give your company a glance into how automation tools can give your processes a boost.
All in all, the myths surrounding workflow automation are rooted in understandable misunderstandings and insecurities. From a distance, automation tools may seem like pricey add-ons sent from the future to steal human jobs. But, when you look more closely, it is clear to see that workflow automation is here to help. Debunking common automation myths illuminates how business automation is a solution that streamlines workflows, making employees’ lives easier – and at a reasonable price.