As the age of automation approaches, businesses will have a pivotal role to play in how it is executed in the future. This new revolution has caused many concerns to pop up in workforce unions and those hesitant about the futuristic technology.
Automation is most prominent in the sphere of manufacturing, but it has a clear impact on almost all other industries. For business owners, the incoming technology can be difficult to place in their company’s portfolio. When exactly to adopt a technology, and how, is a constant question for business owners everywhere.
There is no simple answer to this question, and there won’t be a universal start date. We do know that automation is on the horizon and that business owners should be ready to adopt it so as to not be taken by surprise.
Automation can help businesses streamline
Though much of automation technology is still in its infancy, there are many technologies available now that can be fully integrated into your workplace. This technology is not about destroying existing processes, but about streamlining. If done correctly, it could make work and business ownership easier for everyone and ultimately more productive.
For business owners, the main concern is that employees are treated well and that the company services or products are delivered in the best way possible. Automation then can be a gift sent from the heavens. It is a tool that will automatically free up your employees’ time, so that they can focus on their work rather than the minutiae of everyday toil.
Simple automation integration
Many automation tools already exist in products like Microsoft Office and Gmail. Both of these services offer automated tools that will sort and place information in spreadsheets and individual mailboxes.
Though this seems like a small contribution, at one time, all of these tasks were done by hand and cost hours of lost productivity. The incoming automation tools are potentially even more impactful, as we see automation hit all areas of business and the workplace.
Tasks related to security and Wi-Fi management can be done automatically now, along with file storage and scheduling. The real goal here is to make everyone as productive as possible without having employees waste their time on menial tasks.
The answer then to the question of when to implement automation is: as soon as you can. If you are a business owner in the manufacturing sector, then your first priority will be not to purchase the machines, but to gather a strategy for training your current employees in learning other skills that can work in parallel with the automated machines. This retraining is happening in factories all over the world as laborers go from punching holes to writing code.
The manufacturing industry is the most disrupted by automation in a physical sense. However, employees who are trained to manage automated machines find better employment as skilled technical workers.
Automation tools for traditional offices
For those in a traditional office setting, the automation process is much simpler. It boils down to automating scheduling services and correspondence. Rather than having your marketing team develop strategies for mass email blasts that are done manually, a business could use services like HubSpot to have all of their marketing done automatically.
This would make sure that your marketing team focuses on the message and brand rather than the actual task of sending emails. Integrating a smart office with voice commands and reminders can keep everybody on the same page in the office at the same time. Open communication channels through services like Slack can provide open and quick communication to all members of your company.
In what seems like a fraction of time, what was once science fiction is now becoming a reality. There are those, however, who do not see how businesses should integrate the technology into their business functions. Automation is not necessarily a simple thing to dissect, and in many ways is already commonplace in our everyday lives.
Ultimately, as a business owner, your goal is to simultaneously push your company into the future while maintaining a strong workforce. With automation, this process will be easier than it seems. Automating all of the minutiae of the day can free up your employees to actually use their skills rather than fill their time with trivial matters.
Automation is not something to be feared by any stretch of the imagination and will affect all industries in the years to come. As long as you are proactive as an owner, then you will not be caught off guard by this disruptive technology.
Through automation, businesses can increase productivity while also contributing to a greater movement as the world hurtles into the future.