In this digital age, there are so many tech tools available which can make your business more efficient and productive. There are many technologies you could be using to make processes faster and more straightforward and accomplish more with less. However, with so much choice out there it is difficult to know which ones are right for you and your business. If you’re not very ‘techy’ then the whole process can be overwhelming and cause you to worry about how you will utilise these platforms and software and will you be able to train your employees on them? Often people will give up and decide that it’s more trouble than it’s worth and will stick to the old ways of running the business which often takes far more time and effort.
As you and your employees will be familiar with specific technologies in your personal lives, some companies have come up with business versions of your employees’ favourite technology. This makes life easier for everyone and if your employees are comfortable with the technology they’re using it will increase their overall productivity and output because it’s familiar to them, they are experts at using it, and they enjoy using it.
If you don’t arm your employees with tools that they feel comfortable with then, they’ll often seek out and purchase their technology which helps them to do their job the best they can. While this shows initiative and commitment to the position, it can also lead to a mismatch of solutions across teams which will hamper their ability to work together. It’s important to look at incorporating solutions that your employees, clients and partners, either already use or can quickly learn to use which makes collaborating that much easier.
Every business is different and has needs which are unique to them so which are the best user-friendly tech tools for your company?
Enterprise Mobile Application
This is something that solves the problem of employees using their own personal mobile devices for corporate applications and accessing company data. This is referred to as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD.
Enterprise mobile application development has been generally created to solve complex problems within an enterprise and to either combine or interface with other enterprise mobile applications that the company uses. They mean that all your employees can have simplified access to the same applications as everyone else in the company, which enables consistency between devices but still allows employees to have the personalised mobile experience that they are used to. This increases efficiency in the workplace and cuts down costs spent on company devices.
A simpler one here, Trello is a well known, user-friendly project management tool. Not only that but it is free. It is very visual, easy to follow and it simplifies tasks, so if you’re not using a project management tool now or you don’t think you need one, it’s worth giving it a go. Trello lets you create a system to manage your tasks and really is a time saver and a great way to organise and manage your work and your employees’ work.
Buffer is a social media management tool which allows you to manage multiple social media accounts at once. So, whatever industry you’re in – whether it’s marketing and comms and you’re managing other people’s social media or even if you’re just managing your own for your business, then it’s a handy tool to have. Managing your own Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram profiles can be time-consuming and can get pushed to the bottom of the pile. However, a social media management tool can really help you as you can schedule posts so you don’t have to think about them again and then you can get some useful insights to show you how your posts are performing. It can also free up loads of time for you as you can post several posts out at once.
There is a free version of Buffer, but it has its limitations, so it is worth trying the free version first and then upgrading and paying for more features if it works for you. Buffer’s blog is also excellent and an excellent resource which can help you learn a lot about your social media strategy.
Slack is not only one of the largest and fastest growing companies, but it is a great tech tool for internal communications within your company. Slack allows teams to create specific channels of conversations, video conferences and you can also create alerts for particular objectives. A platform such as this can be advantageous with our ever flexible working lives as people can work from home and work at different times. Having somewhere where staff can coordinate online is useful and can be extremely productive for your company.
Even though you want your expenses back, it can be a dreaded task each month to collect your receipts, make sure you have them all and fill in those expenses forms. So, if you’re not using Expensify, you should be. Expensify is a handy tool that keeps track of business expenses, receipts, reimbursements and business purchases. It makes all of this more manageable for employees, managers and the finance team too as it allows you to upload images of receipts and submit purchases for approval right from your phone.
If you’re working in sales, then SalesForce is one of the most popular and essential tools for your company. It is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform which does not require IT experts, to set up or manage. It also offers numerous cloud services, integrations with other programs and APIs, and they continue to acquire other companies that will enhance their software further. Salesforce, on the whole, enables you to organise better and to see the bigger picture of your sales funnels and pipeline and Sales teams can use Salesforce to do everything from managing their leads, tracking opportunities created, sales funnels, reports, sales conversations.