Did you know that the average person looks at their smartphone as much as 150 times a day? A few years ago, some businesses may have tried to prohibit the use of mobile devices in the workplace in order to keep employees focused and productive. Now, using mobile apps could be one of the keys to engaging employees and increasing productivity in the workplace. Some studies suggest that using enterprise apps can increase productivity by 34 percent.
More companies have or are considering implementing mobile enterprise apps. According to one report, over 128,000 enterprise apps were released in the iOS store last year. One consulting firm estimated that there will be close to 5 billion downloads of enterprise apps this year. In addition, 79 percent of organizations in a recent Gartner survey responded that they planned to increase their mobile spending by 36 percent in 2015.
As mobile apps become more prominent in the workplace, company leaders are trying to decide how to use these new tools and identify which ones will be most effective for their businesses. Below are some apps that could help you and your employees be more productive.
Some experts believe that people are more productive when they break their work up into intervals. A study of one company even found that the top 10 percent of their high performers tended to work for around 50 minutes and take about a 15 minute break from their desks.
Focus Booster is an app that is designed based on this belief. The app is a sophisticated task tracker that separates tasks into time intervals and breaks to optimize productivity. However, it doesn’t just track time. It also collects data and compiles reports about how individuals work, giving them insights on how to improve their overall efficiency.
When prepping for a meeting, there are dozens of variables that presenters often need to consider. For instance, creating the agenda, reserving the appropriate meeting space, or using wireless presentation software may all be on their to-do lists with dozens of other tasks.
The mobile app Charlie aims to cut down the time people spend preparing for meetings by syncing with their calendar, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other sites. The app pulls information about meeting participants and creates a profile of highlights for users to view beforehand, minimizing the time they devote to researching.
Trello mixes productivity and collaboration tools into one place. The interface looks similar to Pinterest but for business operations.
Individuals can use the app as a personal goal tracker or to-do list. Companies can use it as an internal system to organize and keep track of goals and tasks. Members or employees can be assigned cards or boards to collaborate and share documents and notes with other team members. Once a task has been completed, they can move it to the completed pile, so that the rest of the organization is notified. Also, the mobile and desktop versions sync together to allow users to view their boards from anywhere, on any device.
There are millions of mobile apps on the market today and thousands that claim they can increase productivity. The wave of available enterprise apps can make finding the right one for your needs difficult. When it comes to productivity, these three apps are some of the best. But, like all apps, their level of effectiveness depends on how you use them.