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How to Better Utilise Your Robots?

Undertaking the path of automation signifies a major milestone for many organisations. By embracing robotic process automation (RPA), businesses are poised to achieve substantial cost savings and enhance workplace efficiency, liberating their workforce from mundane and repetitive tasks.  

However, the successful implementation of RPA goes beyond mere acquisition; it requires strategic utilisation to yield the highest returns on investment. So, how can businesses measure the effectiveness of their RPA initiatives, and what steps can you take to optimise your automation efforts? 

Identify the Right Business Process for Automation 

Before purchasing your first robot, it’s important to identify the specific process or processes you are considering for automation and the likely benefits that should be realised. While productivity often serves as the primary motivation for adopting automation technology, there are various underlying factors to consider. Some organisations opt to automate tasks that their employees prefer to avoid, while others focus on enhancing process reliability. Additionally, competitive pressures may drive firms to adopt automation, albeit with ongoing refinement of the business case post-implementation. It's imperative to have a clear understanding of your objectives, anticipated return on investment (ROI), and potential cost savings to fully leverage the capabilities of automation. 

Simplify Design and Prioritise Training 

Ensure that the automation systems are designed with simplicity and flexibility in mind. User-friendly interfaces and intuitive workflows empower non-technical employees to adjust and fine-tune automation processes as needed, fostering a culture of innovation and agility within the organisation. 

Moreover, investing in comprehensive training programmes is paramount to equip employees with the necessary skills to leverage RPA effectively. Regular training sessions ensure that staff members are proficient in operating, monitoring, and troubleshooting RPA systems, thereby enhancing human-robot collaboration, and driving workforce satisfaction and retention. 

Engage with Employees and Solicit Feedback 

Instead of adopting a top-down approach to automation, businesses should actively involve frontline employees in the automation journey. These employees possess invaluable insights into the intricacies of their tasks and can provide valuable input on which processes should be automated and how. By fostering a culture of collaboration and empowerment, businesses can develop RPA solutions that align closely with operational needs, driving positive outcomes for both employees and the organisation. 

Soliciting feedback from employees throughout the automation process is crucial for identifying areas of improvement and addressing any challenges that may arise. Regular communication channels and feedback mechanisms enable employees to voice their concerns and suggestions, facilitating continuous improvement and optimisation of RPA initiatives. 

Define Appropriate Metrics for Success 

Measuring the success of automation requires careful consideration of numerous factors, including productivity gains, process reliability, and employee satisfaction. Instead of relying solely on traditional metrics like productivity, companies should develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) tailored to each process, team, and individual involved. 

These KPIs should encompass both tangible and intangible benefits, including innovation and enhanced job satisfaction. Evaluating the impact of automation on human teams is particularly crucial. Does the automated system facilitate improved performance? Are team members operating at a higher level compared to before? Can they leverage their skills more creatively in light of automation? By embracing a holistic perspective, organisations can gain a comprehensive understanding of the true impact of automation on their operations. 

Leverage Robot Licensing Effectively 

Each RPA robot is acquired through an annual licensing agreement, akin to hiring a full-time employee on an annual salary.

Over this period, a robot operates tirelessly, capable of executing tasks 24 hours a day. Although a robot can only perform one task at a time, its efficiency surpasses that of a human, and it offers the advantage of undertaking a wide array of tasks. 

Suppose there's a pivotal task requiring daytime execution, alongside other tasks suitable for anytime scheduling. In this scenario, tasks designated for daytime are assigned higher priority and set with deadlines, while others can be scheduled during off-peak hours or when the robot is idle. This strategic approach optimises robot utilisation, thereby maximising return on investment (ROI) from the yearly licensing agreement.

Furthermore, in the event of environmental changes, the process of deploying a new robot is simplified, without the need for extensive retraining. This streamlined process facilitates rapid recovery with minimal disruptions. 

Provide Clear Instructions to your Robots 

Understanding the limitations of RPA is crucial for effective utilisation. While robots excel at executing straightforward tasks, they cannot replace the nuanced decision-making capabilities of humans. Therefore, it's essential to assign cognitive tasks to human workers while providing clear and straightforward instructions to robots. By leveraging automation intelligently and leveraging the strengths of both machines and humans, organisations can achieve greater productivity and flexibility in their operations. 

The journey into intelligent automation is not just a technological one; it is a strategic move for businesses seeking sustainable growth and competitive advantage in the digital era.  

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