How we work now !
It is time we ask ourselves, when did working become so hard ? Our days are filled with email, meetings, and administrative work. We’re constantly reviewing checklists, responding to messages, making reports, completing forms, our to-do list is endless. And it keeps getting longer. Work doesn’t stop when we go home at night, when we are out with family during weekends, or even when we get on an airplane (I know many of you didn't get a chance for it during 2020). It doesn’t matter where you stand on an organization chart or where you sit in the office. The work keeps piling up.
Whether you agree with that assessment or not, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of the work you have to do doesn’t seem like work you should be doing. You’re not alone. One recent report found that employees in the United States (U.S.) and United Kingdom (UK) say they only spend about 40% of their time on “primary tasks.” In other words, we spend a lot of time working on things that feel like distractions from our main purpose. But work doesn’t have to be a four-letter word. Work is great when it works. When it’s fulfilling. When it has a clear purpose. Maybe we need to start asking: How can we make work better? How can we get rid of the routine and repetitive work that’s still important, but isn’t where we really accomplish something meaningful?
Except any client facing work, we should design RPA to take over repetitive daily tasks from users. Improves efficiency, accuracy, make business more productive !
Capabilities of RPA
RPA automates repeatable business processes. The kind of processes that most businesses still look to people to complete. The kind of processes that make our jobs less interesting and less fulfilling.
The modern enterprise workplace is different. Yes, technology is everywhere (just try to imagine your job without screens and keyboards). But a lot of processes still need hands-on, human intervention. So, even though technology is now woven into the fabric of work, there’s tremendous opportunity to automate routine and repetitive tasks. And that’s where Robotic Process Automation (RPA) comes in. With RPA, businesses can train software robots to learn and perform routine tasks based on a set of rules. RPA robots can mimic virtually any actions that human users perform. They can log into applications, move files and folders, copy and paste data, fill in forms, extract data from documents, and scrape browsers. They can interpret, respond, and communicate with other systems to perform a variety of repetitive tasks. And they do it all better, faster, and with no mistakes.
RPA in Maritime Business
RPA if designed well can be a game changer for Maritime Business. Except the client facing roles, majority of our Ship Management processes are with defined scope every year, monitoring expiry, timely renewals, regular store and spare supplies, daily operations etc.
Almost all segments, Technical, Procurement, Crewing, Safety, Operations, Accounting, Chartering, Office Administration, HR, Training, all departments having repetitive tasks monitored by users daily. Aim is not to eliminate humans from work-desk, instead improve the management process using RPA to automate several of those tasks, helping staff free up their time for other quality work, monitoring vessels better.
Busting the “innovation destroys jobs” myth
With RPA, businesses become more efficient and productive, while work gets more interesting and meaningful for workers. Instead of eliminating a lot of jobs, RPA creates new possibilities and opportunities for businesses to expand with less effort and cost.
Future of work is not what it used to be
Technology has not made us work less, instead we have accomplished more. Businesses grow faster and bigger with reduced effort and cost, creating more opportunities for people, to work with quality and precision. Only question is, are you ready to innovate ?
Get whitepaper to understand what is RPA, and how it can help Businesses including Maritime, and few examples of automating traditional ship management processes. Get in touch if you would like to know more on how to innovate in maritime.