Manual or Automated?: What Your Business Needs to Automate

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Automation isn’t limited to factories. The use of programs to fast-track office processes has long been in practice, but some companies remain skeptical of the prospect. Yet with the price of admission going down or completely free, it’s undeniable that the time to automate is now.

Here are just some office processes that can be safely turned over to automated programs:

Membership Management

Membership can be crucial to a business’s success and can make up 90 percent of a company’s revenue. Small businesses may be tempted to go at it manually, but using software can mitigate errors brought about by manual management and can improve the response times of a business to the customer’s needs.

Small to big membership companies can use membership management solutions that can easily be integrated into their current systems. Automatic renewals, directories, newsletters, events notifications, and other membership functions can be handled easily through specialized software.

Payroll, Benefits, Holiday, and Leave Requests

Errors in any of these three areas are frustrating for human resources, management, and the employee. All three processes can also be time-consuming, as HR needs to check against records for anywhere up to hundreds of employees at a time.

Payroll and benefits software can notify HR when deadlines for clearing periods are near, when an employee qualifies for benefits, and what needs to be given to which employees. Digitizing this information can also cut down on the staff’s paper management responsibilities.

Automating holiday and sick leaves works for HR for the same reasons. Tabulation of available leaves is made easier by personnel management software. Giving employees access to a form of the software where they can manage their leaves may also help raise morale and help them plan their off time better.

Content Marketing

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Improving your company’s SEO results, driving customer traffic to your store, and expanding your business’s influence are all in the day’s job for content marketing. Automating this function does not mean using AI to produce your articles. Outsourcing or automating repetitive tasks within the content marketing cycle is what automating means in this context.

Sharing your content can be done automatically in the right format using autosharing tools, while content produced by rival companies on your keywords could be tracked with an alerts system. Digital advertising platforms can help your marketing team figure out what content to put out on stand-alone sites as ads and on social media sites.

Screening and Hiring

Screening hopefuls and inputting a new hire’s information into the system is time-consuming and energy draining due to the number of forms and processes HR needs to oversee during this period. A part of a company’s HR department may even be dedicated to recruitment alone due to the sheer amount of paperwork associated with getting new talents.

HR departments can save time and money with the right programs. Certain software can screen and cut out irrelevant applications. New hires can also do the work of filling out their basic information, which can then be replicated for all the functions it needs to be replicated for.

Automating processes does not mean employing a completely hands-free approach. Personnel still need to monitor software for auditing purposes. Keeping a close eye on programs also ensures that the software is functioning as it should. The software can reduce human errors, but human supervision is indispensable.

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