Keeping your best staff in the new hybrid workforce

With 1 in 4 of the British workforce considering a career change in 2021 firms are worried. Employees are fed up with solely working from home and
whilst the hybrid workforce is set to be the new now for most organisations,
it may not be enough.
Large corporates such as BT have announced post-pandemic proposals to
have a mix of onsite and remote working and a Lloyds Banking Group staff
survey found that nearly 80% wanted to work at home for at least three days
a week. Small and medium companies will probably follow suit – in part
responding to their employees wishes. But more needs to be done to retain
good staff. Getting the balance right is going to be key.
A 2020 study showed 80% of managers are concerned about retaining
valued employees. Broken down over half (47%) worry about how much
staff morale has suffered in the past year and how heavier workloads are
leading to burnout. Some are anxious that the shift in working patterns has
meant their people have simply lost interest in working for the company.
There’s no argument that small and medium companies in particular value
their hard working staff with many firms having a family-like regard for their
teams. But to keep employees happy you have to take away the heavy
workloads, give them space for creative thinking and problem solving and
demonstrate a trust in them. As ever, technology and more specifically
automation is going to be the key to succeed in this new hybrid work model.
“No code” platforms like AUTTO make automating key business processes
and documents easy. These “time-rich, imagination-poor” but nonetheless important daily tasks of every company will free up staff time – our customers tell us about 75%. What better way of empowering staff than by replacing the hours they take laboriously cutting and pasting into a spreadsheet or sending out endless emails to free them up to do something far more valuable? From a productivity perspective, accuracy improves as the human element is removed from
routine documents such as order processing, contracts, T&Cs and licenses and replaced with automation.
Showing trust and respect in their abilities will further empower your staff.
Give THEM the automations to identify and create – after all they are at the
coal face of your business and know which processes need changing. With AUTTO anyone can automate in a few hours with our simple no-code platform. No technical expertise required. You can take any of your unique
business processes, easily learn the system and, like Lego building blocks, automate them.
The future world of work is upon us all but with it comes new challenges –finding more creative ways to retain the best staff at the same time boosting business productivity is going to be critical. Automation is set to play a pivotal role in this new now.

Is your small business ready to Spring back?

We all know it has been an extraordinarily tough 12 months. This most
recent lockdown has bought more economic gloom – the news that the
economy is currently set to shrink 4.2 percent in the first three months of
2021 and that we are experiencing the worst rate of unemployment since
2016, is yet another bitter pill to swallow. But Spring IS just around the
corner with its literal and metaphorical green shoots and promise of better
days to come for small business.
The recent analysis by the Bank of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane that the UK economy is like a “coiled spring” ready to release large amounts of “pent-up financial energy” has to be positive. Whilst small businesses have undoubtedly been amongst some of the hardest hit during the pandemic, assurance must be taken from Haldane and other economists’ predictions that the vaccine programme has brought a new confidence in the UK that will lead to a sharp rebound in economic growth. We want to see the UK literally firing on all cylinders by the Spring.
If predictions come true how well placed is your business to spring back? Are
you one of those companies which have saved cash during the crisis and are
ready to invest in boosting your performance and productivity as restrictions
start to ease? Even if you haven’t, can you afford not to be in the best
position possible to take advantage of this spring?
Automating more of your business we believe is the key. Spending time
reflecting on the past year and really observing how you could do things
better will have an enormous effect on growth this Spring and beyond.
Improve accuracy through automation and at the same time empower your
staff by taking away the “time-rich, imagination-poor” but nonetheless
important daily tasks. Routine documents such as order processing,
contracts, T&Cs, agreements, licences all become automated also saving you
time – our customers tell us up to 75%. Replace your staff time with tech –
free up their time to do something more valuable than cutting and pasting
into a spreadsheet or sending out endless emails.
Due to its prohibitive expense and technical complexity, the power of
automation used to be unavailable to most but the largest of corporates.
With AUTTO the great news for small business this Spring is that this is no
longer the case. With AUTTO you can automate in a few hours with our
simple no code platform. You can take your unique business processes and,
build them up using Autto’s actions like lego building blocks, so you can
easily automate them. With Autto you can do this for less than half the
monthly minimum wage so the cost is no longer exorbitant.
With AUTTO small business can start saving valuable time and money within
a matter of weeks – just in time for Spring!

Transforming Your SME With Automation.

Helping enterprises keep up!

Leveraging automation to lower operational costs, reduce delays and errors, improve employee engagement, and boost customer satisfaction can be a game-changer for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Optimising your workforce increases profits

A study conducted by Harvard Business review found that 71 per cent of managers feel employee engagement is one of the most important factors in overall organisational success. When a company automates repetitive and time-consuming tasks, employees can spend less time on basic administrative tasks and more time on strategic tasks. This encourages employees to be more productive and engaged, directly linking to business success and increased profits.

Adapting to seasonal ebbs and flows in business

One way that automation can help businesses grow is to help manage the seasonal spikes and troughs that can be especially challenging for SMEs. In addition to allowing staff the time to engage in tasks that help the business grow, automating routine tasks can lessen the need to hire additional staff during busy times, only to let them go when business slows down.

Enhancing management

Automating repetitive management and operational tasks can give managers the time to inspire, lead, and develop a strategic vision for achieving sustainability in your business. As with all staff, more fulfilled managers are more likely to be better leaders and role models.

Minimising human error and ensuring compliance

When a system for a process is set up once, then automated, the opportunity for human error is greatly reduced. This can greatly improve accuracy of your systems and data.

Improving customer support

According to a 2018 survey by Hubspot research, 80% of customers expect a response within 24 hours while 60% expect it to come within 10 minutes or less. By automating the processes needed to provide this service, SMEs can keep up, or even surpass their customers’ expectations.

Keep it simple

Even though SMEs do not have the resources of large corporations, that does not mean that they can’t afford automation. In fact, it generally means the opposite, that they can’t afford not to automate. The key, though, is to keep it simple.

Streamline your goals

Before setting up any automated system, it’s helpful to conduct an audit of the processes that would lend themselves to automation. Look at the tasks staff members spend the most time on. When you find a task that has elements that are repeated frequently, you have found an opportunity for automation.

For example, perhaps your staff is spending a lot of time manually sending out the same document. This task will have several elements that can be automated, freeing employees to spend time on the tasks that cannot be automated.

Ease of use breeds success

Business automation doesn’t mean that everything in your business will be automated. You can start off as small as you’d like, trying out different automation practices and seeing what works for you. Choose a system that is intuitive and easy to learn, for example, AUTTO’s automation workflows can be built by simply dragging and dropping actions into one process that can have as few, or as many steps as you need.

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