How Process Automation Can Help Accelerate Business



If it was possible to eliminate the most time-consuming tasks during your day, what would you focus on instead that could contribute to the growth of your business? This is a fundamental question in business today and one that is asked by many executive leaders. 


In many organizations, the HR environment is still burdened with siloed, overly complicated, manual, or disconnected systems that muck up processes and slow down operations. Everyday tasks require so much time to manage that there’s little time left over to dedicate to bigger, more strategic goals. Unfortunately, when inefficient processes are still the norm, the whole organization has a harder time boosting business and risks losing ground to competitors.


That’s where process automation comes in. Automating common people management tasks and processes can streamline your workload so you can gain back the hours and focus necessary to align to business objectives. You can finally make decisions that benefit your team and the workforce which, in turn, benefits the business. Read on to learn how.


Getting the most out of process automation


As business needs change and evolve, teams across your organization have to remain agile. People management is no different. You have to adapt to new situations all the time — whether it’s an outside market trend, a new regulation, or an internal business goal — without losing a beat.


For example, think about what would need to happen during a sudden increase in sales. Your organization might have to hire fast for several key positions to meet demand. That means your HR team has to kick into high gear by recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training new employees, in addition to everything else they’re responsible for each day. If you’re doing all of the above with slow, manual workflows, your team isn’t working efficiently which means your organization can’t move as quickly to capitalize on the revenue opportunity.


A flexible, digital human capital management (HCM) solution that automates people management processes enables you and your team to become agile and adaptable while also giving you valuable time back in your day. Instead of spending hours on administrative tasks like data entry, searching for information, and filing paperwork, you can focus on other higher-value tasks and let the automated HCM solution handle the lower-value, repetitive ones. 


End-to-end employee onboarding, benefits administration, payroll processing, and other daily HR duties can all easily be automated to reduce the need for human intervention. An automated solution that stores, updates, and centralizes data at the role level allows you to avoid the workflow breakdowns that are common when key team members don’t have access to accurate information when they need it. 


Bottom line: HCM that includes process automation digs you out from under a mountain of tasks that take up too much of your day. Not only do you and your team achieve operational efficiency, you finally get the time and energy to commit to more strategic and high-value work. 


What to do with your new free time


So here’s that question again: what would you do if you had the time?


When filtered through an HCM platform with automated capabilities and role-based data, the HR function can produce a treasure trove of information you can analyze and use in a variety of ways. For example, you could spend time evaluating and forecasting the workforce needs of the business by looking at historical hiring data, the current organizational structure, and any skills gaps in your workforce. You can then use that information to predict future staff needs, get stakeholder buy-in, and make more competitive hiring decisions.


Another idea is to focus more time on your workforce itself. Employee engagement is a hot topic these days and with good reason. Finding ways to keep employees motivated and satisfied and ensure they have the professional support they need to excel within your organization can have a positive impact on employee retention — which is always good for business.


Process automation also makes it clearer where inefficiencies still exist on your team. What workflows have you already automated that have resulted in measurable improvements? What workflows haven’t been automated yet? How else can you trim time and effort or reduce low-value work? With answers to these questions, you can spend time thinking through additional ways to increase workflow efficiency and team member productivity. 


Any of these are worthy tasks that contribute to business acceleration and growth by more fully connecting and aligning the people management function to the larger business objectives. 


Helping HR become a strategic force


HR plays an important role in business. But everyday demands make it hard to realize this, let alone feel like you’re contributing in a meaningful way. 


HCM process automation makes you and your team more efficient and strategic. Instead of staying bogged down in paperwork, manual workflows, and repetitive tasks, you can offload common processes to automated software and put more time and effort into the tasks that really matter to the success of the workforce and to the overall business. 


Are you interested in how HCM process automation can accelerate your business? Learn more about how SyncHR can support you with our efficient, accurate, and cost-effective workforce management solutions. 


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John Cuellar

John Cuellar

John is responsible for SyncHR’s product, engineering, and system operations teams. He is focused on streamlining the business processes related to HCM and finance by distributing SyncHR to all members of the workforce and by using patented security and workflow to control these developments. John is also responsible for delivering SyncHR as a cloud based application with “extreme ratio” financial metrics.

He has a background in engineering, workplace applications, and business administration, bringing over 25 years of experience deploying strategic HCM applications. Prior to co-founding SyncHR, John was the CEO of Harbor Technologies, since acquired by Mellon Financial Corporation. Previous to Harbor Technology Group, he spent an internship with the Swiss Bank Corporation in their derivatives pricing and trading group and also worked as a senior manager for the US Navy. John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

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