6 easy to use applications for increased productivity
Digital workplace apps and tools have become a staple for many businesses. Thanks to new workplace trends, such as remote, hybrid, and desk-less work, many companies are keen on digitizing their work processes. Nowadays, businesses use multiple cloud-based tools to tackle communication, collaboration, business process automation, everyday operations, and other workplace needs.
Software applications are essentially virtual machines that make work easier. The right tools can boost employees’ morale, work efficiency, and productivity. Let’s look at six popular software applications that do just that:
Evernote is often dismissed as a glorified note-taking app. But the truth is, there is a lot more to it than note keeping. The app helps its users get more organized by planning and scheduling various tasks, setting reminders, and keeping useful resources (documents, web clips, text, images, etc.) handy.
Evernote is accessible via a web platform as well as Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android apps. Since Evernote is cloud-based, account information synchronizes automatically across all devices.
The professional version of Evernote costs $9.99/month. You can also have Evernote Teams’ workplace productivity package for $14.99/user/month.
Slack is a virtual collaboration and communications tool ideal for remote and hybrid work settings. It features voice and video calls, screen and file sharing, instant messaging, channel-based group chat, and more. The platform also allows integration with third-party apps such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and DocuSign. Slack is quieter than email but more organized and sophisticated than texting.
Premium Slack subscriptions start at $6.67/user/month. The platform is accessible via web, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android apps.
Formally known as Dapulse, Monday.com is a cloud-based Work OS. It enables businesses, contractors, and individuals to develop and run custom work or project management applications on the cloud. Monday.com makes it easier for team members to collaborate on ongoing projects by using the built-in workflow, time-tracking, and task management tools.
Monday.com also seamlessly integrates with other workplace tools and services, including Slack, Microsoft Office apps, and email clients. Plans start at $8/seat/month.
Google Drive, part of Google Workspace, is a cloud-based file storage and synchronization platform. It’s a safe and secure way to store personal media files and non-sensitive business data. Besides storing files, Google Drive can also be used as a collaboration and productivity tool where team members can co-author spreadsheets and word documents in real-time. It also allows users to share uploaded, scanned, or internally generated documents with individuals and groups.
Every Gmail account comes with 15 GB of free Google Drive storage. For more storage capacity, you’ll have to upgrade to Google One.
Lucid Chart is a visual workspace for remote teams. It helps users visualize and understand data and workflow through powerful diagrams, whiteboards, and flow charts. The platform has a library containing over 1,000 templates. Users can simply drag-and-drop shapes, objects, and data links to create unique diagrams.
The Team subscription to Lucid Chart costs $6.67/user/month. At the same time, the more advanced Enterprise edition is priced based on the deployment scale.
LastPass is a password management system that helps reduce most of the security risks associated with password-based sign-on. Employees often reuse or share passwords and create weak password strings. LastPass allows users to quickly generate strong, unique passwords for different accounts and store them in one place. That way, the user doesn’t have to remember or even manually input their credentials when logging in. The Enterprise version is based on a zero-knowledge security model. It features additional security capabilities such as single sign-on and multi-factor authentication.
LastPass is a great way to improve your staff’s password hygiene. The fully loaded Business subscription costs $6/user/month.
Empower your employees with digital tools to help them work smarter, faster, and more efficiently. Digital collaborations also create a sense of community and promote teamwork. Such a close-knit workplace fosters meaningful co-worker relationships, which improve employee morale and satisfaction.
The choices for digital workplace tools are virtually endless; it’s only a matter of picking the right ones. But doing so can be challenging—there’s so much to consider, from costs and scope to security. GB Tech can lend you a helping hand in deciding the best tools for maximum productivity and tracing out your overall digital path. Get in touch with us to start increasing your organization productivity with expert guidance.