Automation - Creating a Digital-Friendly Workplace

Overview

The modern workplace is quickly adapting to the emergence of digital technologies, as they continue to evolve and mature, becoming more reliable and secure than in the past. This includes the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning (ML), robotics, cloud-based solutions, 3-D printing, etc. Not only is such technology helpful in building an efficient workforce, but it is also an essential tool to attract the next generation of tech-savvy employees, who literally grew up with digital devices. The truth is, these individuals probably had a smartphone and/or iPad since they were 10, or maybe earlier than that. So, it makes sense that they would expect (even require) automated work processes in day-to-day operations on the job.

Keeping Up With The Competition

If your competitors are embracing automation, then it behooves you to do so, as well. It’s important from an efficiency and cost-effective standpoint, enabling higher production and ultimately a high return on investment (ROI). Fewer people will be needed to accomplish the same tasks as before due to automated machinery, which is faster, not to mention more consistent and dependable. Therefore, going digital ensures you can deliver high-quality goods and services in less time.

Technology makes the work environment fun and challenging for the new breed of employees, who are more than comfortable with it, they actually thrive on it. With their academic training no doubt utilizing the latest tech tools, it’s easier for them to learn procedures associated with automated equipment; thus, they can typically hit the ground running on day one. And having a sophisticated digital footprint may even be the determining factor in choosing you over your competitor as the best place to work.

Becoming a Digital Workplace

Becoming a digital workplace takes planning and often involves enterprise-wide change, from the top down. Here are some steps to get started:

  1. Assess and evaluate the current state of the workplace.
  2. Make the commitment to change. A commitment is the first step to actually effecting change.
  3. Design an organizational change strategy and roadmap, including which technologies to introduce, when, and where.
  4. Implement the new technologies, and provide training, if needed.

Setting Up For Success

Digital technology sets up both your company and your people for success. By simplifying the way that you operate via automation, there is less chance of failure. Things run smoothly and on time, so it’s a win-win for everyone, including the customer. All organizations have KPIs (key performance indicators) that measure success. What if these very KPIs were embedded in the automated systems that manage your facility? There are really no limits to what can be automated, making work life easier for everyone.

Ask an Allied Reliability representative how we can help you automate your processes to boost your bottom line.

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