The surefire way to boost profits at any business is to improve the productivity of the employees. Being productive saves time, money and improves employee satisfaction with work.
Increasing productivity at the workplace is not rocket science. For most companies, only simple changes are necessary, often of the tech nature. Companies that love to embrace tech solutions tend to be on the more productive side, according to notable business consultancy and evaluation firm Global Resources LLC. Solving productivity issues with tech is as simple as downloading an app. Here is a list of absolutely must-have productivity apps for workplaces that want to improve overall productivity levels:
Skype is the ultimate communications tool. Installing Skype on all desktops and handheld devices of your employees will improve communications, and thus productivity. Is your workplace plagued by those “five minute” meetings that apparently end up lasting a lot longer than that? Skype can fix those issues that require a physical presence for communication. Employees can use Skype to conduct one-on-one or group chats or conference calls. Skype will also reduce workplace chatter because everyone is IMing each other.
Productivity is largely the result of good planning and scheduling. And there’s an app for that. Any.do is a free app available for both iOS and Android platforms. It allows users to schedule, make timetables, create to-do lists, set reminders and write planning notes. Interestingly, users can categorize everything under ‘personal’ or ‘work’. This is a great app that will allow your employees to plan out both the personal and work aspects of the day, so they can be as productive as possible.
Formerly called Kingsoft Office, this is one of the most popular office suites for handheld devices. Want employees to not waste time and work on word processing documents or spreadsheets while on the go? This app will let them do that. WPS supports a highly desirable number of file formats, including the popular Ms Office files such as DOCX, XLSX and PPTX. Users can create and edit documents on the app itself. Plus, it provides cloud support to all files by syncing to a service like Dropbox or Google Drive.
Evernote is basically the best note taking app out there. This app is available for desktops, Androids and various i-devices. Evernote is perpetually synced between the desktop and the handheld device. So the notes employees take do not have to be manually transferred to a desktop, which can table an unbearable amount of time. This is an easy app to use with great functionality, and more importantly, will save everyone a lot of time.
Productivity evaluators like Global Resources Reviews often find that almost every workplace has employees who waste time. According to one poll, close to 90 percent of employees waste time each day. This is mostly caused by the use of social media at the workplace. There’s little point in banning Facebook at work; the employees could find workarounds, or just might find other ways to waste time. Instead, get them to use RescueTime, a time management app that helps users to minimize the amount of time wasted.
Use one or two of the aforementioned apps, and then experience firsthand how productivity improves at your workplace.