For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, autumn will officially begin on September 22nd. However, for many, Labor Day marked summer’s unofficial departure.
Today, it’s rather customary for the first Monday in September to be celebrated with boats, backyards and barbecues. Yet, despite the fun-filled summertime gatherings, Labor Day has historically honored the contribution of America’s workforce.
Labor Day: Then and now
The first ever “workingmen’s holiday” was commissioned by the Central Labor Union in New York City in 1882.
These celebrations quickly became commonplace in many states and large cities across the nation. While the festivities varied, all sought to commemorate the time and effort exerted by the nation’s workforce. Just over ten years later, Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1894—delivering the two most highly sought-after observances: 1. Due recognition. 2. Sleeping in.
It’s been a century and a few decades since the first Monday in September was earmarked as a tribute to America’s workforce. In that time, we’ve come quite a way in improving working conditions, work/life balances and the benefits of employment.
Many of these benefits are indebted to legislation, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, which guarantee reasonable working conditions.
Through the years: Digital impact
Yet, the far less grueling labor required among modern jobs is largely brought on by progress in technology…
Take a look at how digitization has impacted America’s market over the past few decades:
- 1954: General Electric installs the UNIVAC I for payroll processing and manufacturing control programs at its Major Appliance Division plant, marking the first business use of a computer in the U.S.
- 1960: American Airlines implements its Sabre flight reservation system, digitally processing 84,000 phone calls per day along with storing reservations, flight schedules and seat inventory.
- 1968: U.S. libraries adopt Machine Readable Catalogs (MARC).
- 1977: Citibank installs the first ATM. Machines are placed in all its New York branches by the end of the year.
- 1979: Federal Express digitizes the real-time management of people, vehicles, packages, and weather scenarios by launching its COSMOS systems.
- 1994: Thought to be the first digital transaction, a large pepperoni, mushroom and extra cheese pizza is ordered from Pizza Hut.
- 1996: Digital storage becomes more cost-effective than paper-based storage.
- 2000: The ESIGN Act—and UETA (1999)—assigns the same legal validity to electronic signatures as traditional pen-to-paper signatures.
- 2007: 94% of the world’s information storage capacity is digital.
Aiming to automate
Fast forward to 2018, you’ll see many electronic and digital benefits comprising “Industry 4.0,” a term coined to define what’s now a significantly automated job market.
Not all businesses are fully digital.
In fact, less than 40% of organizations in the U.S. have half or more of their business processes online.
If this describes your business, department, team, etc…
you may not be asking why or if you should embrace digital processes…
but how to begin…
Start simple… start with eSignature
Yet, it consolidates its findings into this simple concept:
“… a fully digital business process is what consumers want; it’s all about ease of use.”
In other words, your customer—despite industry, product or service—yearns for a digital means of doing business with you.
Now, we realize we’re biased… but why wouldn’t they!? It’s convenient… fast… secure…
… we could go on, but we won’t.
It’s with this consumer vantage point in mind that Aragon highlights electronic signature as the essential foundation of automating your business processes.
In the same publication that ranked Nintex AssureSign® as an “innovator” among competitors, Aragon describes eSignature as the precursor for other advanced measures of digital transaction management, such as asset management or workflow content automation. This is likely due to the foundational and far-reaching functionality of eSign software.
A capable electronic signature platform like Nintex AssureSign® not only renders legally binding signatures… it digitally transforms the entire lifecycle of nearly any transaction—including those requiring electronic payments! Bringing these transactions to your consumer’s laptop, tablet and even their iPhone can make or break your go-to-market strategy.
Ready to take labor out of the equation?
This Labor Day, bring digital versatility to your consumers while simultaneously removing the labor from manual, paper-laden processes…
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