By Pascal Baker
Business goals act as the compass for your Future of Work journey. They come in various forms, covering global or area-specific processes, with either short or long term scopes. Either way, a good understanding of your business plan assists in setting targeted goals that maximize the benefits of tools like RPA.
So, what is it you want to achieve? Below are some goals that have been shown to have great potential in the Future of Work journey.
Process consistency reduces error rates and leads to time spent on valuable work, rather than on error handling tasks. This is seen as a non-cashable benefit, but could tangentially lead to significant financial benefits (for example, companies could be fined for mistakes or make overpayments that they cannot recover). In the case of one of our clients, the application of RPA to a process in which overpayments were made, is projected to save an annual $2 million.
Too often, employees will stray from the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and develop individual workarounds. Sometimes system and process updates occur without update of the SOPs. Occasionally, SOPs don’t exist! Forming intuitive and streamlined processes with clear instructions reduces organisational risk, instils confidence in employees and promotes core business values.
Fluid processes and well-integrated departments reduce latency, allowing swifter responses to internal and client requests. Cohesive systems that utilize modern automation technologies run processes faster than people, with the added bonus of increased accuracy.
The ability to adapt existing processes and systems without major difficulties is valuable in both cost and efficiency. Flexibility also allows greater options for future development.
Simplifying and focusing procedures permits a greater scope for documentation of activities. Increased visibility and high quality data can be used to gain a holistic business understanding, pin-point problem areas and foster informed decision making and planning.
Financial benefits are key to growing and developing your business. Well-defined processes make it easier to staff departments to optimal capacity. Faster processing times allow for a reduced or reallocated head count, and improved data management means that a greater number of customers can be taken on and managed successfully.
7. Improved Employee and Client Satisfaction
When FoW technology is utilized well, people are left with more interesting, stimulating and rewarding work. Better processes give employees a better understanding that can be used to meet the clients’ needs with clarity and confidence. This focused and bespoke service combined with greater accuracy and faster delivery leads to happier and better-served customers.
It is worth noting that many of these benefits go hand-in-hand. For example, improving compliance minimises process complexities and inconsistencies, thus leading to a process that delivers quicker results. Insight is also intertwined with quality, through the various improvements that can be made with high quality and holistic data.
The SMART acronym sets out the five qualities of good goals. Try to keep these qualities in mind in order to set well-defined and achievable goals:
This approach to goal setting is widely known and is just as valuable in Future of Work planning as in other business strategies.
*Note: the adjectives in the acronym can vary according to different sources. The purpose and overarching meaning is equivalent.
RPA is often the first Future of Work technology to be deployed due to its ability to handle high volume and time-consuming tasks. It is important to understand what Future of Work technologies are capable of in order to set relevant SMART goals.
From RPA you can expect:
Knowing your goals is vital to setting a good business strategy. Combining SMART goals with business insight can help show you the way to get from your current “As-Is” state to your desired “To-Be” business.
There are an uncountable number of ways in which you can combine people, processes and technology for the Future of Work; but it is your goals that allow you to strategize, resource and determine the bespoke, optimal combination that works for you.
This is part 3 of a 13-part blog series by leading experts at Symphony Ventures. We share the most important business considerations in the Future of Work and explain how to best prepare for digital transformation.
Be sure to read the previous blog: Do You Know Your Business Like the Back of Your Hand?