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3 Challenges of Business Process Automation and How to Avoid Them

by Katherine Boykins

Despite the massive rise and gain from robotic process automation, some businesses continue to lose from the venture. They garner extreme depreciation in human and financial resources. What could the reason behind the continued loss from automation?

The first reason businesses lose from robotic process automation is inheriting problems of the initial investment. Secondly, the enterprises fail because they can’t identify the best role to use robots. The last reason for losing from applying machines in institutions is the inability to manage the intelligent devices.

This article highlights the challenges, the reason behind them then recommends what you should do if you want to avoid undesirable difficulties when investing in robots.

1.   Problems of Initial Investment

It hurts to spend millions of cash on robots then realize you won’t get the benefits you expected. The first mistake comes when deciding to invest in robots. Many organizations fail to brainstorm the potential dangers to their organizations.

For example, they want to automate all departments of their organizations at once. Result? The business has little cash to undertake equally important expenditures of the company.

For instance, the business has few monetary resources to pay utilities, such as financing marketers, consultants, and existing employees.

Another common (though diminishing) fear is that of current employees losing jobs. The employees receive information about incoming robots and lose motivation to perform their roles successfully.

This results in abrupt,huge losses that may take longer or never recover even with the automation in place. Here’s how to avoid challenges of initial investment:

Define the company needs. This becomes a framework for deciding where to apply the robots, depending on the urgency of automation.

Next, invest in departments in a chronological automation urgency to avoid overspending on robots during initial investment.

Before bringing in robots, educate your employees, letting them understand robots will help them, not take away their jobs. If you must release employees, inform them of reasons. This creates a welcoming environment for robots.

2.   Failure to Identify the Right Process

Another common reason behind business failures despite automation is investing in robots without understanding where you should use robots. Soon you realize that the machines may not triple your revenues as promised by several blogs.

Typical areas to apply robots are tasks that humans handle poorly. Examples of work that the human brain hates are repetitive, boring, and tedious tasks such as most assembly line duties.

Such tasks reduce creativity in production because the brain loses concentration when handling the tasks. Employees can then make errors, producing work of low quality.

Other groups of tasks to automate soon are the dangerous ones. For example, using humans in high temperatures risks their lives. Besides, some authorities can ban your business operations on realizing you are risking employees’ lives.

Another point to consider before buying robots is robotic arms for your business. Choose the best robotic arm, depending on whether you need industrial, medical, consumer, exploration, or aerospace robots.

3.   Management Impact

Some businesses lose from robotic process automation because they release workers too soon. They then realize that certain activities require human skills and emotions, such as supervision and empathy towards customers, respectively.

Again, the businesses don’t succeed with business process automation because they fail to unify automation’s power across various departments.

Since robots are inhuman, they need control to instill linearity and coordination among departments. Impact? The interdependent departmental tasks fail to move uniformly, canceling out the average departmental contribution of the machines.

You need to seek advice from your robotics on implementing the machines across your organization’s departments. Where applicable, have a few experienced software engineers to oversee robotic application in your business.


To gain from robotic process automation, identify the roles to automate. Educate your employees on the need to use robots. Lastly, seek robotics and consultancy advice when in doubt.