What Is Workflow Optimization?

How to Reduce Waste and Deliver on Customer Expectations

75 percent of all data loss is from human error. That’s far beyond an “oopsie!” With GDPR in full swing and other countries looking to strengthen how they manage data, companies need better solutions. But this goes beyond data. In 2017, a study found that supply chain friction costs businesses 6,500 hours a year.

Errors. Unmet expectations. Wasted hours. This is what happens when people spend most of their days carrying out menial tasks rather than working towards meaningful accomplishments. And menial tasks aren’t just boring; they’re expensive and often unnecessary. So, how can businesses reduce human error while maximizing productivity? With effective workflow optimization. 

Workflow optimization is the effort to utilize software, technology, and strategy to reduce friction in the workplace so that seamless processes can occur.

But it goes deeper than that.

Workplace optimization restructures how businesses function. It lets machines do what they do best: compute. And it lets people focus on their strengths: complex problem solving and human interaction. By restructuring your business, workflow optimization allows you to reduce expenses and mistakes while boosting productivity.

How Workflow Optimization Can Benefit My Company

45 percent of the activities individuals are paid to perform can be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technologies,” a McKinsey study revealed. 

The average American spends 50 percent of their time at work either in meetings or scheduling meetings/responding to emails. It’s a massive problem. And with your team spending a majority of its time dealing with back-and-forth, there’s very little time or energy to focus on what really matters for a business.

Innovation, exceeding customer expectations, and effectively handling complex problems when they arise is how businesses outlast the competition. And no team can be productive if they waste the day wading through spreadsheets while trying to keep track of email chains. 

So, what’s the solution? Free your company from tasks that can be automated. 

What Are Examples of Workflow Automation?

When you take a look at your business processes, you quickly see which tasks eat up your time. Far beyond the complex and insurmountable, these tasks are usually mundane and repetitive. What’s worse, is your employees can often get lost in a sea of other chores. After all, how many spreadsheets and email accounts can most people manage on the daily?

Here are a few ways workflow automation can streamline your business:

  • Invoicing: Bridge payment systems so that when a client or customer pays, the invoice is automatically transferred to your accounting service. 
  • Workflow Management: Set automated reminders to ensure team members are on track to meet deadlines while staying productive.
  • Lead Management: Move prospects through the pipeline by automatically reaching out to them when they show interest in your business. 
  • Incident Reports: Automatically track and process technical issues as they arise until they are solved. 
  • Project Management: Streamline the entire project management process from brainstorming to approval through automated frameworks.
  • Cloud Security Governance: Avoid data breaches using security guardrails that ensure all aspects of cloud-based infrastructure are in compliance. 

What Tools Can Help with Workflow Optimization?

We’re limited by the hours in the day. And we have enough tasks on our plates. That means we don’t have the time to learn code. Luckily, the best workflow automation tools use visual interfaces and no code, low-code platforms.

The result is an array of solutions for workflow optimization that will empower your workforce. Rather than bombard IT with requests, your staff will be able to set up workflows with minimal training. This means your business can rapidly implement and start benefiting from effective solutions. 

Two platforms we work with are Workato and QuickBase. We find that they provide easy access for businesses to quickly streamline workflow optimization solutions. But there are others out there. Which one will work best for your business depends on the type of business you have and your strategy. And that’s where things can get tricky…

Who Can Help Me Optimize My Company’s Workflow?

Optimizing your workflows to yield the best results isn’t easy. With stacks of software and nearly an infinite number of workflow processes to choose from, you’re taking a risk investing in the wrong ones. Some solutions are better than others. So, which ones do you choose? In what order? And how do you ensure your team adapts new processes? The solution is to hire a consultant familiar with helping businesses successfully optimize their workflows.

Quandary Consulting Group’s mission is to provide companies the professional insight they need to optimize their businesses. We are a team of professional engineers who know how to design and implement workflow optimization strategies that deliver. For more information on how you can rapidly elevate your business and remain competitive, contact us today.

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