Workflow automation occurs when you take a traditionally manual process and create a set of rules to automate key areas.

Workflow automation can make almost any process more efficient and effective. By taking simple tasks off your plate, it frees up more time and mental energy for running and growing your business. The benefits are visible both on the operations side of things and from a team management point of view.

Increased productivity
Every company has a limited number of employee hours available, no matter how big the team. As workflow automation reduces redundant tasks from team members’ to-do lists, they can fill those hours with higher-level work. The result is better productivity for your team and its members.
Increase work satisfaction
Meaningful work is one of the most important contributors to employee retention. When you automate mundane tasks, you increase the amount of time that employees get to spend on stimulating and mentally challenging work.
Improve clarity and consistency
Workflow automation standardizes the steps of a process, aligning them in a defined task pathway. Once that pathway is set, it becomes a guide for everyone working on that project. All someone has to do is go back to the workflow design to see what happens first, what that event triggers, what comes next, and so on.

This kind of clarity is important for today’s busy teams. Without it, there’s always the chance that a critical step will be missed. With workflow automation, it’s all there in front of you.

Reduce the risk of error
Being a human at work means needing a sense of purpose and productivity, but it also means making mistakes from time to time. Everyone does it...they hit the wrong key and add 200 units of the wrong product to the inventory count into a spreadsheet incorrectly, throwing off a full set of calculations. It happens, but when it does, it can cost money and time to fix. When you automate manual processes, you reduce the risk of a clerical error.
Provide accountability
Accountability is important for any team. When you improve accountability in the workplace, you also improve:
• Employee performance
• Participation and involvement
• Feelings of competence
• Commitment to work
• Team morale
When you set up workflow automation, you delegate certain tasks to your automated system. If any tasks need human input or approval, they get delegated to a specific person. People feel better because they know who’s taking care of what.