Beyond the remote workplace

It’s not about where, but how

If you are shifting to a remote workforce, your work is probably nearly done.  You’ve checked security, locked down VPN, made sure your teams have the devices and virtual platforms to communicate and collaborate. HR has issued a new remote working policy. You’ve probably even renegotiated your office rentals with a reluctant landlord. 

Although focused on shifting the workplace into the virtual realm, many are still seeking the efficiencies that workforce agility could bring.  Remote work is here to stay and the more efficiencies you can harness, the better your prospects are of a more profitable future.

We may have shifted ‘where’ work is done, now it is about ‘how’ it is done.

Automation has long been at the heart of conversations around work efficiencies and productivity. However, it wasn’t until the pandemic that many began to scrutinize business processes that could be automated in their true sense.

Automating low-value, repetitive tasks frees up teams and empowers employees with greater productivity and higher job satisfaction, removing the mundane and enhancing employee well-being.

Let’s look at some examples:

Data handling

Empower your employees with productivity tools that help handle data automatically through electronic signatures or automated authorization processes.  These simple, daily interaction tasks can remove wasted time and resource chasing process bottlenecks.  Governed by a set of pre-determined rules and counter-checks, automating data handling results in improved productivity, risk management and governance.

Process automation

Introducing digital solutions across time-intensive business processes can change overburdened administrative teams into strategic resources. Take the procure-to-pay process, for example.  By automating the entire process from need identification through to invoice approval and payment, businesses can free up their procurement team to add value to the process rather than being burdened with the manual tasks  of the past.

In both examples, seamless collaboration is integral. This relies to a large extent on connectivity and cloud platforms.   In a remote environment, it’s important to find the shortest path to access information and complete a task.  Cloud-based productivity tools and solutions are increasingly prevalent in today’s workplace for this purpose.  This includes third-party access, for example through a supplier portal in the procure-to-pay process.

Once digital processes and human interaction are integrated, and orchestrated, there are enormous benefits.  And the results keep scaling. The more you automate, the more your team is available to innovate.

If you’d like to find out how you can connect and automate your business processes to achieve this new world of remote work, call us or reach out on info@linxus.co.za.