There’s no question that in what concerns big organizations, process mapping is crucial. The reality is that it is easy to lose track of what is happening. As soon as you notice, steps get missed, orders get tangled and important data gets dropped.
Process mapping involves gathering everyone involved in the process from administrators to contractors, and even front-line personnel to determine what makes that process happen: inputs, outputs, steps, and process time.
While we believe that you already understand that process mapping has benefits, there are some benefits of process mapping that you may not even be considering.
As we mentioned above, it is important that everyone is involved in process mapping. And when this happens, everyone within the organization feels empowered to make positive changes. Ultimately, employees feel the power of collaboration and don’t feel alone in the face of a menacing problem.
The sad truth is that it is difficult to understand why a process is taking too much money or too much time between point A and Z. This is why process mapping is so important. After all, everyone discovers exactly how the process happens, not how it is supposed to happen, or how it happens on paper.
When you are designing a process map, you will b able to discover some discrepancies that make an incredible difference in the process making everything flow smoothly.
No matter if you work in a big or small company, sometimes it is difficult to see the big picture. While you may believe (as well as other employees) that everyone knows how everything works, having it on a diagram that everyone can help build and follow is a far better approach.
A finished – and improved – process map provides a clear vision of the future. It’s one thing to map how the process works in the present, but after pinpointing problems and proposing solutions, you have the ability to re-map the process to what it should be. Now, with the big picture in hand, employees are able to carry out improvements with a shared vision in mind.
While you may believe that your processes are fast and direct, the reality tends to show that this is not always the case. And in most cases, this reality only appears when you decide to use process mapping.
If you think about it, process mapping lays bare every detail of the process, putting the process under a microscope for inspection. Just like any look in a mirror, it reveals areas that need work.
One of the main hidden benefits of process mapping is, in our opinion, the ability to discover new training opportunities for your employees.
When you create a process mapping, every employee will be able to understand all the processes immediately. Besides, this also gives you an extra advantage of figuring out the kind of training they need most.