Australian productivity damaged by routine administration tasks

The productivity of many organisations all across Australia is being impacted by a growth in office administration tasks such as faxing, photocopying and data entry.

That's according to a new Canon study of more than 1,000 individuals, which revealed that 48 per cent of people believe their administrative workload has increased over the past 12 months.

Nearly 60 per cent of respondents said that they felt like their current position required too much administrative work, while a full 63 per cent said that these administrative tasks were making them less productive on a day to day basis.

Canon Business Services Australia assistant general manager Jeremy Plint says that while administration may serve a "vital role" in many organisations, he believes this increase is taking people away from the core functions of their job.

"Administration will always be a necessary feature of a business' processes and compliance needs, and it’s good that it can help people balance demanding workloads too," said Mr Plint in a statement issued February 12.

"However it’s important to look at the productivity of a company and its workforce to ensure that they have the right technology solutions to support them, particularly if these tasks are expected to increase as our survey suggests."

This news should serve as a wakeup call for any fleet manager who may feel as if routine administration is taking them away from their core purpose - improving fleet efficiency and reducing expenses.

One way in which many fleet managers can look to cut back on administrative tasks and instead redirect their focus towards earning tangible benefits for the company is through implementing smart technology such as intelligent software for fleet management.

By utilising intelligent fleet management software, many of the administrative tasks of managing a fleet - such as tracking fuel costs, scheduling maintenance and organising vehicle bookings - can be completely automated.

This allows decision makers and executives to instead focus on determining where inefficiencies may be taking place, and in turn act quickly to correct these problems for the betterment of the wider organisation.