Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Jason Dasher of Commercial Truck Financing discusses the apps everyone in the business world needs to save time.
Time is one of the most important resources for a company because it plays a key role in determining productivity and profitability. Unfortunately, time management depends on other factors of production such as workplace policies, collective staff morale, as well as financial incentives. Fortunately, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets have made it relatively easier for businesses to manage this critical business resource. With this in mind, here are the top five time management apps companies should be using today.
Asana is a collection of workplace management tools that employees can use to collaborate on projects from start to finish. In general, Asana provides teams with tools to track project progress, brainstorm ideas, organize and manage email messages, customize tasks, schedule upcoming tasks, manage teams, communicate, and access customizable dashboards. In addition, Asana integrates with Dropbox, Slack, Okta, Chrome, Google Drive, and Github, making it easy for employees to access other productivity tools. However, some Asana features can only be accessed after upgrading to premium membership.
Although Evernote started as a note-taking app, it has evolved into a fully-fledged business collaboration and time management tool. It supports voice memos, document scanning, and PDF generation. However, Evernote Business is specifically designed for use by corporate. Its main features include offline access, powerful search functionality, mobile sync, in-app communication, project management, and central user administration. Companies can use Evernote to keep in touch with their employees across the country.
IFTTT is arguably one of the most powerful time management tools because it enables companies to automate a wide range of web-based tasks. In fact, users can create automated event triggers called applets, which are based on simple conditional statements without any coding/programming experience. Currently, IFTTT supports task automation across sites/platforms including Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Echo, Microsoft Office 365 for work channels, ESPN, SmartThings, GE Appliances, and Jawbone activity trackers. For added convenience, IFTTT also supports text message and voice call automation.
Any.do allows companies to create a list of tasks and access them across multiple devices. By taking task scheduling out of your hand, you can focus on the execution angle. It is important to note that, unlike some time management apps, all Any.do features are free (no premium features).
Atlassian's HipChat is a real-time team collaboration and communication platform that supports numerous functionalities including group chat, video chat, and screen sharing. Moreover, it can sync content across Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, and Linux devices. It is also worth noting that HipChat integrates with popular business tools including Asana and JIRA, making it easy for companies to push notifications to their employees.
Time management can make or break your business. Luckily, you can easily improve in this area of your business by using time management apps such as Asana, HipChat, Any.do, Evernote, and IFTTT. But do keep in mind that some of these apps have premium features, meaning users must pay to access them.