Process automation: The unlikely solution to the productivity vs festivity trade-off
With the end of daylight-saving time, the darker evenings of winter have well and truly arrived. In fact, it’s often said that the change of season at this time of year can influence our mood and energy levels. The so-called "winter blues" not only pose a challenge to our frame of mind, but they can also subtly impact our daily work routines.
Research has shown that December often brings a noticeable decline in productivity, as the “winter blues” interact with the arrival of the holiday season as the year nears its end. This period can see a pronounced loss of momentum in the workplace as focus shifts toward seasonal festivities and away from end of year tasks.
Some productivity decline is natural during the holidays. When people work hard throughout the year, it’s expected that they will look forward to, and have earned the right to have some downtime with their families, friends, and loved ones. However, if organisations can acknowledge the productivity lull that may occur and take proactive measures to mitigate this, they can still end the year strongly.
It perhaps wouldn’t be your first guess, but one unlikely solution that business leaders should look towards to curb unnecessary drops in productivity is process automation.
Only 11% of office workers have access to workflow automation tools
Kill the tech overload
With Christmas shopping only the click of a button away for consumers, employers must replicate this experience for their workforce. Concerningly, our research found that two fifths (42%) of employees are confused by the number of technology platforms they are expected to use.
Streamlining the technology stack is critical to keeping workflows efficient and employees productive. Consolidating platforms and automating manual processes between systems helps reduce complexity. It also eliminates opportunities for human error that can interrupt operations. With seamless tech workflows, employees can focus on their core responsibilities without getting bogged down switching between applications.
The benefits are twofold - workers are empowered to deliver greater impact by not losing productivity to repetitive digital tasks. Meanwhile, businesses minimise opportunities for digitisation bottlenecks or errors. With a streamlined tech stack, companies and employees alike are empowered to stay laser focused amidst the festive period.
2/5 of employees reporting no recent investments in workflow automation
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DIRECTOR, DIGITAL WORKSPACE, RICOH EUROPE