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5 ways automation for business can improve your company

Automation for business is empowering companies to stay agile in an ever-changing environment - we hear about this every day.

But what about the elephant in the room: The dangers of automation?  

More often than not, your research on automation will dig up articles about how robots will replace jobs instead of talking about its powerful capabilities when it comes to making existing jobs better.

As we enter the fourth Industrial Revolution, most of us in the first world have the luxury of being able to take technology for granted rather than seeing their presence as a privilege: Vacuum cleaners superseded dustpans and brushes, computers have largely replaced pen and paper and washing machines have made washing by hand a thing of the past. 

Although the application of technology differs wildly from industry to industry, office workers are now able to ask themselves if time-consuming and repetitive tasks can be delegated to software while assessing what those time savings could be put towards. And as a result, businesses that have often wondered what they could achieve with more workers are now asking themselves what their workers could achieve with more time. 

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1. It increases time saved. 


Knowledge workers spend over 10 hours per week on average performing manual and repetitive tasks, which equates to over 65 days of time lost per employee. Brikl’s own user feedback has found that we’re saving designers hundreds of hours a year on the design process by automating the repetitive and manual task of tweaking and re-tweaking designs while streamlining the process of collaborating with clients. The time savings automation provides can be colossal when added together across a business, liberating workers and allowing them to focus on reinvesting their time back into the company’s bottom line. 

2. It eliminates human error

Human beings aren’t known for their accuracy over time. As this article by Tech Transfer states: 

  • Up to 90% of accidents in medical equipment/devices are due to human error.
  • Over 90% of documented air traffic control system errors are caused by operators.
  • A study of 23,000 nuclear parts defects reported that around 82% of the defects were caused by human mistakes.

Humans, by their nature, are fallible and never more so than when engaged in repetitive or boring tasks, unlike the unflagging attention span of a robot. Brikl’s software experts have similarly found that the platform’s automation tools eliminate human error, saving businesses thousands annually. This is because errors can prove costly for businesses engaged in printing an end product. Through the platform, the cost of reprinting a custom piece is eradicated as the mistakes are never made in the first place.

3. It provides omniscient insights

Imagine how many surveys you’d have to manually collate, how many people you’d have to call and email and how many departments you’d have to collaborate with if backend analytics didn’t exist today.

Traditional business models that rely on legacy systems and inefficient internal processes often rely on guesswork when it comes to the numbers they report, which in turn affects demand and supply. Thanks to the digital revolution, data is now available in abundance - it’s just a case of finding the right tools to translate this raw data into actionable insights for your business.

This reason alone is why increasing numbers of companies are digitally transforming their business models to ensure greater access to the needs and demands of their clients and customers. 

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4. It provides greater employee engagement and happiness. 

When implemented strategically, with a clear view of what goals you’d like to achieve with your new digital tools, automation can also build a happier, more productive, more accountable and collaborative workplace. In fact, 89% of employees believe that automation has made them more efficient at work.

Investing in next-generation technologies can actually make employees feel as if their wellbeing matters, that the arduous parts of their jobs are seen, understood and addressed, while reassuring them that the business is taking a leading-edge approach to its position in the market.

Just be sure to paint a clear picture of what you aim to achieve with new systems while educating and training key employees on how to get the most out of them. 

5. It reduces operational costs.


When evaluating the cost of integrating a new system, consider the cost of hiring and training new staff members. Automation is an investment that proves its worth over time, so don’t be put off by the initial cost of implementation. As described, new systems can take over repetitive and time-consuming tasks in a quicker, cheaper and more efficient way.

What’s more as your business grows, your tools can also scale with greater ease instead of having to increase headcount. Existing employees can develop skills by using these systems, creating a roadmap for their long-term development. 

Businesses that invest in automation, such as Brikl’s next-generation e-commerce and customization platform, are proving to give themselves a competitive advantage just by streamlining their internal operations. This is before the additional advantages these systems and platforms can offer business over time. And much like Brikl’s platform can be tailored to the needs of your business, finding modular solutions also means that you aren’t paying for features and services that you won’t use. 

Why not book a demo with a Brikl expert to find out how automation for business can give your company a boost and add a uniquely experiential edge to your products?