myths about automation

Are you plagued by myths about automation? As was the case with technology throughout history, many people are sceptical – even fearful – of automation. Considering all of the misconceptions about its negative effects on the workforce, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that so many businesses are hesitant to automate their processes. 

Several myths have arisen regarding automation, many of which are easy to take as gospel. Blindly accepting these misconceptions, however, can mean missing out on the opportunities and growth that automation has to offer.

Here are some of the common myths about automation and the facts that debunk them:

1. Automation causes job loss

One of the most predominant myths about automation is that it will eliminate the need for a human workforce and leave millions unemployed. This kind of thinking has generated a whole culture of ‘automation anxiety’, but it couldn’t be further from the truth.

In reality, using automation to perform simple, menial tasks frees up employees to spend their time on higher value, more stimulating work. In other words, automation allows companies to reallocate their workforce to more pressing tasks that require the kind of critical thinking that only humans can perform.

Furthermore, research shows that companies who invest in automation could actually raise employment levels by 10% by 2022, as it creates jobs that allow employees to adapt and learn new skills.

2. Automation is costly

While it’s true that automated workflow software was once a bank breaker, this is no longer the case. The advent of cloud computing means automation is now much less expensive.

There are other cost-related benefits, too. Given that automating workflow frees up employees to perform higher value work, it also drives productivity. For this reason, automation is a great solution for smaller companies without the financial backing to hire admin staff.

In fact, rather than incurring extra costs, it’s estimated that automation could actually boost revenue by 38%. On an even larger scale, it’s predicted that by 2030, the global GDP will be 14% higher thanks to automation, with over half of that increase resulting from better labour productivity. 

3. Automation is a threat to data security

A major myth about automated cloud computing is that it can compromise data safety. This is a perfectly reasonable concern for the legal sector, considering client confidentiality and regulatory compliance are so vital. 

Contrary to popular belief, however, studies show that 70% of threats to security occur as a result of employees’ misuse of cloud systems rather than the systems themselves. Not only has cloud storage become increasingly secure in recent years, but it is usually the most efficient solution.

4. Automated systems are hard to integrate

Another common misconception is that automated software can be difficult to integrate with a company’s pre-existing solutions. Hand over the task to a professional IT service, however, and the process is easily implemented and integrated with any existing systems. Once set up, automated software is simple to manage and enables data integration across multiple channels.

5. Automation is just a passing trend

Some naysayers think that automation is simply a fad. Others say it’s something they can put off until a later date. But neither of these statements are true. Automation is already transforming workplaces, and that isn’t set to stop anytime soon.

Don’t believe us? The statistics speak for themselves. Forecasts predict that business spending on automation will increase from $12 billion to $57.6 billion between 2017 and 2021. The automation revolution is already underway, and companies that don’t get onboard may just get left behind.

Myths about automation, busted

It’s clear that automation is something that cannot, and should not, be ignored. Moreover, embracing automation shows your company is up to speed with the latest technology trends. The benefits for companies are endless: improved productivity, cost-efficiency and boosted profits, to name a few. 

Legal chambers and law firms that don’t adopt automation run the risk of falling behind their competition. Show your company is ahead of the curve, and get in touch to discover how CBS can optimise your IT processes via automated systems.