Imagine how much your company could accomplish if you had a veritable army of employees at your disposal. More importantly, what if these employees were perfectly happy waiting in the background for the next time you needed them? Believe it or not, that’s precisely what you’ll get with robotic process automation. Let’s take a look at the surprising way RPA can provide your business with the scalability you need to stay on top of your game.
With human workers, it’s not feasible to dramatically increase your workforce whenever the need arises, nor is it easy to decrease your numbers when things get slow. There’s a complicated process behind all of this and time is not on your side. With robotic process automation, however, you have a team of robots who are ready, willing and able to get the job done at any given moment.
Bringing different employees up to speed via on-boarding and training can be challenging and time-consuming. Not to mention the fact that you have to initiate the entire process over again every time someone new joins the team. Robots, on the other hand, can be “trained” in groups of any size with the outcome being routine and perfect consistency across the board.
Recruiting, hiring, training and retaining talented employees costs money. In addition to robotic process automation providing the ability to scale up or scale down instantly as well as train and deploy thousands of bots while maintaining complete consistency, all of this can be done at a reduced cost to the business.
Now, let’s take a look at a few real-world applications of these benefits.
Your business is launching a new product and, as a result, will incur a substantial increase in transactions. Your current workforce is already maxed out and you don’t have the time or the ability to hire any additional employees. Robotic process automation can step in and bridge the gap, handling the influx of work at any capacity necessary without the major hassle and expense of staffing. Then, once things settle down, you can scale back down to normal as needed.
Business has been particularly lucrative as of late and you’ve had to increase output significantly to meet the increased demands of your customers. Suddenly, the market takes a turn for the worse and your numbers start to rapidly decline. With robotic process automation in place, you won’t have to face the possibility of laying employees off. Rather, you could just scale back the number of robots.
One of your biggest competitors has launched a new product or service and you’re scrambling to develop and implement something similar. Chances are you can’t afford to hire a slew of new employees to help bring your comparable product or service to market and doing so would take too long. Conversely, putting too much pressure on existing team members could result in costly mistakes and QA issues. RPA, on the other hand, is available at the ready to take on whatever is necessary for you to remain competitive.