How Business Process Automation Can Save Time and Improve Efficiency

Over the last few years, business process automation projects have really started to take off. According to a 2020 survey, 66% of business leaders across industries are already piloting some kind of business automation solution.

And the reason why is clear: Business process automation makes organizations more efficient and agile.

If you’re not already taking advantage of business process automation software to streamline your operations, you should be. 

But don’t just take our word for it. Below, we’ve listed 10 business process automation benefits that highlight how it can save you time and money while improving efficiency.

What is business process automation?

Business process automation, or BPA, is the process of automating manual workflows and horizontal business processes to minimize or eliminate the need to devote human resources to repetitive, manual tasks.

BPA solutions are typically implemented through the use of business process automation software applications like Flowdash.

8 business process automation benefits

Here are some of the biggest benefits of business process automation.

1. Improves operational efficiencies

Business process automation can improve efficiencies by reducing the amount of manual work involved in processes like employee onboarding, risk review, or claims processing.

2. Reduces the cost of labor

If you’re relying on your team to work through manual tasks, you’re going to need to take on new team members as your business scales up and there are more manual tasks to complete. By automating those processes, you can increase your output as your operations grow without expanding your workforce.

Similarly, by implementing BPA solutions, you may be able to automate existing processes and cut payroll costs while maintaining the same output.

3. Increases productivity

Where humans might take 10 minutes to complete a manual task, software applications can often do the same in an instant. As such, business process automation can help you speed up your processes so that you can get through your workload faster.

4. Boosts employee morale

Let’s face it: Repetitive, manual tasks are boring. Having your team members perform the same monotonous tasks day in and day out isn’t going to inspire morale. 

BPA can help you to offload tedious work to software applications so your employees can spend their time working on more enjoyable, rewarding, and meaningful tasks. 

This, in turn, should translate into greater employee satisfaction and potentially improved employee retention rates.

5. Aids with compliance

Businesses typically establish standardized processes to ensure operational conformity and compliance with relevant regulations. These processes need to be consistently executed, every time, in order to work—but this isn’t always the case. 

Humans aren’t perfect—we all make mistakes from time to time. Systems, on the other hand, rarely fail. By automating repetitive processes, you can ensure they’re executed to the same standard every time and avoid running afoul of regulations.

6. Reduces human errors

On a similar note to the above, BPA systems can help to substantially reduce common costly human errors, such as mistakes during data input. 

7. Enables smoother collaboration

Business process automation software can automate cross-departmental and team collaboration. It can be used to automatically assign tasks to different team members, track task progress, send reminders and updates, and perform other functions that help keep collaborative tasks organized.

8. Provides access to insights

One important but often-overlooked benefit of BPA software is the insights you can draw from it. You can use automation software to better understand the steps in your business processes and draw data-driven insights to inform future decisions.

How Flowdash can help with business process automation

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to automate your business processes. The only problem is finding the time—and the tools—to get it done. 

That’s where Flowdash comes in.

Flowdash makes it easy to quickly build tools for your operation team’s workflows and set up human-in-the-loop workflows entirely on the frontend, with no code required, so you can spend less time building internal tools and more time focusing on what really matters: your core product.

We provide everything your ops team needs in one place with features like task tracking, forms, activity logs, checklists, and more. 

You can use Flowdash to automate any manual process that involves a team working through a queue of tasks.

For example, let’s say you’re running an image-sharing social app and need to moderate user-generated content. Flowdash can help streamline the content moderation process by allowing you to set up content moderation flows and build internal tools to assist your team’s review process.

You can sync up Flowdash with your core application and set up rules to automatically assign a manual review task to one of your team members whenever a user flags content, and push all the relevant information they need to make a decision to a manual review queue. 

The team member can then either approve or suspend the flagged content with one click. Flowdash syncs up easily with your core application, so once you’ve made your decision, it automatically suspends the post for you—there’s no need to switch back and forth between applications.

Similar workflows can be set up to automate other manual tasks, such as risk review processing, employee onboarding, and claims processing.

If you want to try out Flowdash for free, sign up for our personal plan. Not quite convinced? Get in touch for more information.