Do you know if your employees are happy?
If you didn’t hesitate for a moment to say yes, that’s great. If you had to stop and think, aren’t sure or the answer is no, you need to take the steps now to make sure your employees are happy.
The workforce today is made up of people who are able switch jobs without too much trouble, sometimes as often as four times over the course of a decade, if they are unhappy with their current employer. Losing employees because they are unhappy can be costly as you spend time and money to train replacement employees. That’s why you need to ensure that your employees are happy and invested in your company.
A great way to empower employees and build a positive company morale is to implement workflow automation. Your employees want to focus on their actual work instead of being bogged down by administrative tasks on a regular basis and workflow automation makes it easier. One study conducted by Randstad reported that 30% of employees today believe that automation will actually make their job better and 76% have no concerns about automation threatening their position.
There are a number of reasons why so many business owners are starting to automate, aside from avoidable business bankruptcy. Let’s take a look at three reasons why your employees will be happier with workflow automation:
Your employees will become more efficient and feel more relaxed.
If you are still using paper copies and email as a way for your company to handle essential functions, there is a good chance you are losing information and stalling progress as your company tries to reach goals. Automation allows your company to streamline these processes to avoid unnecessary stress and delays for employees.
The most direct route to workflow automation is the use of online forms. When employees or clients enter feedback or requests via an online form, it’s easy to manage the data submitted all in one place so that you can properly disseminate the information to necessary people or departments. Plus, it’s even possible to initiate workflow automation within the apps that your team is already using.
Let’s say your company uses Google Sheets for all work completed in spreadsheets. You can link the forms to the app so that submitted data automatically populates the corresponding fields in the spreadsheet. Even something that seems this minor will save your employees quite a bit of time because they don’t have to copy and paste the information to a separate document.
Saving time and eliminating stress is a sure way to create a happier, more relaxed workplace. Without the having to dedicate time and attention to repetitive tasks, employees will be able to dedicate more time to what’s most important — completing their work in a timely and efficient manner.
Your employees will be able to concentrate on important work.
It can be extremely frustrating for your employees to get to the end of their workday without checking off the most important things from their to-do lists because smaller, routine tasks got in their way. Common culprits are approvals, email exchanges and other timely requests.
Such repetitive tasks can overwhelm the workflow and make it difficult for employees to move forward in a real capacity on large projects that deserve their attention. That’s where automation comes in. When you use workflow automation to handle small, repetitive tasks, it frees up time for your team to focus on important projects.
You can use workflow automation to deal with all types of processes including project proposals and requests for time off. When an employee submits a request, it is automatically delivered to the pertinent manager for direct approval or denial. With this system in place, employees and managers will spend less time handling day-to-day requests that get in the way of completing projects.
Your employees will become empowered because they finish work with less oversight.
The essential element to any successful and happy team is employee empowerment. In order for your employees to feel empowered, they need to be able to get work done without an overbearing management team following their every move.
Workflow automation makes it possible to finish more work without the shadow of direct oversight. They should be able to set up and handle their own efficient workflows so they can develop confidence in their ability to work independently and accomplish tasks. When employees feel empowered to succeed, they work harder and ultimately become more productive.
This huge for both morale and mental health, which are often overlooked aspects of a business’ success. Companies that don’t lighten the load, end up having employees quit or the business ends up in disability lawsuits because of their negligence toward mental health.
Employees would rather feel empowered, and that’s something that workflow automation gives them by taking away the small things that bog them down. These tasks can easily be automated and your staff will be on their way to more productive, meaningful, engaging careers.