Busy work is the bane of any employee’s existence. Instead of putting our unique skill set to use, we spend hours doing mundane tasks that while necessary, take up valuable time that could be spent more productively. A McKinsey study revealed that employees spend 28 percent of the workweek answering emails, 19 percent gathering information, 14 percent communicating and collaborating, and 39 percent on role-specific activities. So employees spend less than half of the workweek actually doing what they were hired for. While the current job market dictates that companies hire fewer people to save money, the reality is that fewer people cannot do as much work. It’s just not logistically possible.
Which is where automation comes in.
There are a host of benefits to automation. It saves money, it’s better for the environment, it’s easy to use, and it’s efficient. That efficiency extends to employees, who also benefit from automated systems. According to entrepreneur.com, there are a multitude of ways in which automation can take over repetitive tasks:
- Automate your emails. Use filters to generate auto-responses and sort out which emails are a priority and which can be left for later.
- Automating data and information collection. Software like Google Data Studio integrates into your CRM, spreadsheets and databases and sends email alerts to investors and internal stakeholders, linking with the most up-to-date dashboards. This improves communication and saves hours of employee time.
- Automating marketing and sales-lead management. HubSpot sends alerts to sales representatives about leads and alerts to the marketing department about the quality of the lead and the outcome of sales calls. This data is compiled and sent to senior management.
Automation doesn’t just help companies. When companies have more time to pursue leads and serve their customers, everyone benefits. To learn more about how automation can benefit you, visit our website at https://www.expenseanywhere.com/ or call us at 412-858-1111.