In any business, time is money, with the upshot being that labor is money.
Nearly every business has looked for ways to save money by reducing the amount of labor required to perform a task. Manufacturing companies have turned this into an art form through a variety of industrial engineering activities such as operations management, ergonomics, system simulations, and ongoing performance analysis of each step in the manufacture of a part. By reducing the time to perform each action, businesses can achieve significant cost savings across their organization.
You can also apply this concept to business operations. The advancements in computing hardware and software have accelerated the adoption of process automation in the office, not just on the factory floor.