With Thanksgiving right around the corner, employees are heading home to see their relatives. It’s also a time for us all to take a second to look at the things we are thankful for, possibly eat a bit of turkey, and brace ourselves for the holiday season ahead.
Are Manual Processes Replacing Gratefulness with Dread?
That said, with Thanksgiving falling on the last week of the month this year, many of your employees may feel less than grateful for the workload ahead—dreading the coming Monday in which they will need to close the month, prepare for year-end, and ultimately complete tasks needed to keep the business running.
For some businesses, this is a very real challenge. Plagued with manual processes, employees dread the concept of the coming four-day weekend, knowing that the minute they walk into work, it’ll be December, and they’ll have missed at least two days at the end of the prior month. But as mentioned, it’s a job that’s critical to the long-term success of your business.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
As more and more organizations leverage the advanced capabilities of modern ERP delivered in the cloud, their employees can rest easier. Why? Because these companies have automated out much of the grunt work, empowering their employees to focus on more important tasks that are better aligned with their skills (and pay grade).
Rather than worrying if they should spend a few hours at the office on Friday playing catch-up, employees at technologically-enabled organizations can spend the day as it was meant to be—fighting over the last $99 TV at their local electronics retailer.
Why Your Employees Will Be Thankful You Moved to Modern ERP
While you can’t allay the dread or ease the challenges coming when your employees return to work after Thanksgiving this year, you can take steps to ensure next year is better. By making the move to implement a better business management solution, you can provide your staff with the resources they need, the knowledge they want, and the user-friendly experience they deserve.
By focusing on automation, integration, and usability, you can drive employee satisfaction while improving the decision-making ability your organization needs.
Automating the Mundane
No employee wants to feel like they’re just a cog—especially in the finance department. These highly educated and well-trained employees can deliver a unique perspective that drives strategic decisions… If you let them. However, if you’re still relying on spreadsheets, your employees don’t have the time to contribute—they’re too busy working on some tedious task.
Spreadsheets hinder collaboration, are nearly impossible to track, and are incredibly inaccurate. However, with the right integration and automation, you can eliminate these challenges. Cloud ERP solutions like Acumatica deliver end-to-end business solutions that allow organizations to seamlessly connect their applications, creating one “source of truth.”
Connecting Your Business
In today’s fast-paced business world, it’s not just this single source of the truth, it’s the single source of the truth in real time. While outdated products require a user to click save, Acumatica updates in real time, avoiding issues that pop up when employees are trying to work on a shared spreadsheet.
The sharing of information with users in real time enables each department to collaborate for faster, more informed decision making. If employees avoid using the ERP system, data is lost, insights are limited, and the business suffers.
Delivering the Usability Your Employees Need
We’ve come to be spoiled in our personal lives, but in today’s business environment, this ease of use is expected.
Users’ expectations have been shaped by easy-to-use personal applications, such as smartphone apps. These apps have a short learning curve, allowing users to figure out what to do, where to go, and how to get the information they want quickly and efficiently. It’s not surprising that users now expect their professional software to work the same way.
Today’s ERP solutions deliver. According to leading analyst firm Nucleus Research, Acumatica is “setting the standard for usability,” delivering a powerful, easy to use product that works for both users and the entire organization.
The Satisfaction and Usability Your Employees Will be Thankful for: Acumatica
Making a software decision—especially one as significant as ERP—is something that if done right will set your business up for success. Your employees are your most valuable asset, and the decision to improve your software is an investment in them.
If you want a product that your employees (and executives) will be thankful for, we recommend Acumatica Cloud ERP. Looking to learn more? Check out our recent blog titled “Are your users getting the satisfaction they deserve?”, get to know who’s delivering value by reading about the Nucleus study, and contact us for a consultation.