You’ve undoubtedly met a Type A person before. Common traits associated with the Type A personality, include a drive for efficiency, impatience, competitiveness, and desire for perfection. Workaholics also qualify. Type A people can contribute a lot to the productivity of a company; they also often get stressed out when they or their team get into a time-crunch over repetitive IT tasks. Unfortunately, the higher average level of stress often has a negative impact on the Type A person’s health: heart disease when relatively young is not uncommon. However, if you think you’re a Type A person or you have an IT colleague who might be, proper IT automation might just be the answer.
Is it You or Your Job?
IT problems are often caused by humans, yet human stress problems may well be caused by the firm in which they work. Certain jobs put employees under intense time pressure, for example, administrative tasks relating to commissioning, starting up and shutting down virtual IT servers. Mistakes may be sanctioned, and efficiency and achievement made priorities above all else. People doing those jobs become less patient and more stressed – in other words, more ‘Type A’. Some observers think that stress like this is detrimental to overall company results and recommend better stress management to improve company performance.
Stress Reduction – Treat the Cause, not just the Symptom
Some remedies’ treat the symptoms. Exercises in changing your thought patterns and acting your way into a new lower stress attitude can provide some relief. Breathing exercises and watching aquarium fish to reduce blood pressure have also been shown to bring measurable benefits. However, the cause of Type A behavior (apart from being naturally prone to it) is the massive amount of time-consuming, repetitive work that must be accomplished – so that’s where action needs to be taken.
Good IT Automation – Better for You than Eating Your Vegetables?
When IT automation is done well, it can significantly reduce time spent on systems tasks, IT administration and information gathering. Everybody wins in situations like these. Employees feel and work better, organizations save on time, salaries, and sick days, and they pass financial benefits on to customers too. Market research firm Forrester thinks that automation will define IT service management in the future, while allowing businesses to focus even better on their customers. Organizations like the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency see immediate return on investment in IT automation, with slick, high-performance, automated processes for integrating IT legacy systems and workflows.
Automating IT to Help Grow a Company
With Type A syndrome under control and time freed up for strategic thinking and initiatives, businesses using are also better positioned for growth. And the more they grow, the more the opportunities for IT automation appear. Applications and processes that can be covered include not only ERP, email address allocation and security management, but also business report generation and automated content management.
So whether you’re becoming more productive, more profitable, or both, take a moment to savor the time you save. After all, one of the roles of good IT automation is also to help an enterprise become more human, not less.