Remote working has become important in recent times as employees and owners have had to crouch in their homes in the need to flatten the coronavirus curve. However, in this modern era, successfully running any kind of business requires a sound technical infrastructure of some form or the other to monitor work even when you are absent from premises. During the pandemic lockdowns, technology adoption was the urgent need for a digital transformation not only for remote management but to also increase sustainability in any type of critical situations in future too. Cloud-based ERP solutions gained focus and its usability was emphasised as mandatory for remote management and increasing productivity.
Cloud-based ERP is Software as Service (SaaS) applications that allow the user to access it using the internet. The computing resources are maintained a dedicated data servers making it possible to access it anytime and anywhere. They are end-to-end business management platform providing an integrated system to small, medium, and large industries. It comes with features of financial, materials and production planning, task management and payroll. It is capable of automating a wide range of processes besides streamlining operations.
Enterprise Resource Planning allows you to run your business from anywhere, anytime. One may call it a comprehensive remote management technical infrastructure. So, how does this integrated business solution increase employee productivity?
Enhanced Business Workflow & Employee Performance
A centralized network of operations is built into the ERP system through its different modules. Data and information transfer is instant between all departments, branches, offices and manufacturing plants or stores irrespective of their location. With a strong real-time data management system, business workflow and employee performance both are considerably enhanced and in the end, it increases company productivity and growth.
Human resource is the greatest asses of any organization and good HR management offers a stress-free and flexible environment to employees to unleash its full potential. First of all, an ERP Payroll system minimises manual work for the HR executive giving him plenty of time to focus on key tasks of training and enhancing employee efficiency. Secondly, HRIS provides employee self-service login where they can manage their leave applications, documents, salary or other clarifications on their own. There is no time wastage in doing administrative tasks.
Incorporating a lean Business Policy
A ‘lean’ policy is an ideal business model that focuses on improving processes by minimising wastage. In other words- improving productivity. Deploying ERP in an enterprise incorporates the lean policy principals of eliminating waste, creating knowledge, delivering fast, building quality and optimizing. This taps the human resource potential to the fullest with advanced practices.
It is not always a feasible option to adopt micromanagement techniques to handle employees remotely as it lowers morale and employee engagement. On the other hand, ERP provides an excellent solution through task management. It is the best tool to increase coordination among teams to work together proactively to execute tasks within projects deadlines. This virtual platform enhances communication and collaboration via assigning tasks, to-do lists and tracking schedules. Task management has proved to be especially beneficial remote management tool as it monitors performances through graphical analytics.
3M's of Production management
The Production Planning feature of ERP seamlessly handles each job order execution by bringing together the 3 M’s man, machine and material, in the best way. It tells each person what to make, on which machine, with which material and when. A digitally designed course ensures full utilization of workforce and fills empty slots to achieve maximum production.
Cloud-based digital programs automate several back-office and front-end tasks and reduce paperwork to a minimum. Data entry or making reports is no more a chore to be performed. ERP automates day-to-day tasks and eliminates repetitive processes freeing employees to focus on their core deliverables. For instance, accounting can instantly access the week’s sales statistics without chasing the sales director.
It is not always possible for managers, team leaders or even employees to be present on-premises. Hence, the enterprises that possess ERP solutions in place have an edge. These business solutions are a boon for them because they never let productivity go down. It is an information-based remote work management and enhancement system for both the employees and the management. That is the role ERPs play. They integrate all facets of an enterprise into one cohesive unit; give access to information to all individuals across an entire organization. Moreover, it allows one to work with data security, safety and flexibility. Just as more managers and staff are working remotely nowadays, there is an urgency to adopt a secure inherent system that protects the information from being exposed to third party applications. An ERP boom is very much on the way.