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Business Automation Software Increases Efficiency and Improves Employee Satisfaction
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James Cash Penney, the founder of the JCPenney department store chain, once remarked that “Growth is never by mere chance. It is the result of forces working together.” Today, manufacturers can take advantage of modern technology to keep costs in check and increase their Return on Investment (ROI). Implementing business automation software is a crucial part of this plan. It boosts efficiency and improves overall employee satisfaction rates. Both are necessary for business success.
Are you ready to include business automated software into your business or upgrading your current system immediately? Just contact us online or call (330) 645-9959 to make an appointment with a Scanco Solutions Expert.
How Automation Benefits Your Business
Some tasks can be completed more quickly and efficiently using software tools than if dealt with manually. These include anything repetitive, such as data entry or a function where an employee must approve a step before handing it off to someone else. Workflow automation brings other benefits to your business, including the following:
- It saves time.
Why take the time to create an entirely new work order if you can pull up an existing W/O for an existing customer to use as a template? Business automation software can show your team the customer’s previous work orders for reference.
- The human error factor is reduced.
Tracking inventory manually and then transferring the results to spreadsheets results in lag time. You never know exactly how much you have on hand by way of raw materials and inventory.
Every time you have team members performing this task manually, there is a risk of error involved. No matter how skillful they are at their work, a human is going to make mistakes. When you automate this task, employees scan the inventory and the data goes immediately into your computer system. Your team has the advantage of access to accurate results in real-time.
- It gives you actionable data.
Automation helps your team focus on the steps necessary to grow your business instead of getting bogged down in the details of repetitive tasks. Choosing the right business automation software gives you actionable data that allows you to make adjustments when necessary and remove production bottlenecks.
- Communication between team members improves.
When business automation software is in place, it helps to streamline systems in your manufacturing facility. Team members are not left stuck wondering what to do next in a process or wondering who is responsible for looking after a task. The software helps by “checking off” the steps that have been completed to keep your team on track.
Your managers and employees also benefit from having the latest data in front of them. Since the software can update your inventory, materials, budget, labor, and other data in real-time, your team members have the latest numbers available upon which to make decisions. Better data leads to better decisions and more effective communication with everyone your team interacts with inside and outside the business.
How Automation Boosts Employee Satisfaction
You may have read articles or heard reports about how automation and new technology will lead to robots replacing workers. The articles may even go on to talk about the “future of work” is in jeopardy. These types of headlines are guaranteed to get a reaction (and readers), but they aren’t necessarily sharing the entire story.
According to The Future of Jobs Report (2018), approximately half of core jobs will remain “somewhat stable” to 2022. Then, a “structural decline” of specific job types (about 10%) will occur. However, the decline of some jobs is expected to be completely balanced out by job creation and the appearance of completely new occupations (11%).
The report goes on to state that the types of roles expected to experience higher demand to 2022 are as follows:
- Customer Service Workers
- E-commerce Specialists
- Innovation Managers
- Organizational Development Specialists
- Sales and Marketing Professionals
- Social Media Specialists
- Software and Applications Developers
- Training and Development Professionals
We can use business automation software to complete specific work tasks, as opposed to taking over an entire job. The software is a great fit for the repetitive, time-consuming items that need to be completed (and that a human is likely to find boring during the workday). When repetitive tasks can be performed by software, taking less time, and saving the company money in the process, employees have time daily for other, more interesting tasks. As a result, employee satisfaction rates are likely to increase.
Sage Production Management: Flexibility and Real-Time Visibility
Sage Production Management from Scanco is a business automation software package that gives you the flexibility to track complex costs with ease. It gives you a complete picture of your expenses relative to your budget in real-time. You can make quick adjustments to your inventory, materials, and processes as required.
Its impressive features don’t stop there. Sage Production Management also minimizes the risk of errors when exporting data. This feature is critically important when working with sales orders, spreadsheets, and purchase orders. Would you like to combine your sales orders with your warehouse processes to receive a notification when an order needs to be placed? Add Sage Inventory Requirements Planning (IRP) to Production Management. Purchase orders can be completed using just one click.
Work ticket editing is quick and easy with Sage Production Management. You have the option of making edits during the entire time the ticket is open.
Your sales and customer service teams always have the latest information. They can provide a higher level of service by giving customers accurate expectations about timelines and delivery dates.
Would you like to find out which manufacturing solution would be best for your needs? Scanco has a handy online tool that can help you find out. It only takes a few minutes to discover whether Sage Production Management or one of our other options is the best option for growing your business.
Do you still have questions? It’s not a problem. Contact us online or call (330) 645-9959 to set up an appointment with a Scanco Solutions Expert.