5 TOOLS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY


Business today is mostly driven by productivity and collaboration. Achieving this is the major challenge but many newer online tools have made it easier for teams to communicate clearly, prioritize tasks, delegate responsibilities, and hold themselves (and each other) accountable. From there, it’s just a matter of finding out which tool is right for your business. 
Connecteam: With Connecteam, you create your own branded employee app with which to communicate, clock in, and more. This tool is valuable for businesses with large numbers of remote workers who may not enjoy the same in-office privileges that other employees have. Via your customized app, those remote employees can view and create project checklists, upload files, view work schedules, create informational libraries, and even train for new positions. The app can be created in just over an hour. However, for employees who aren’t used to company apps, there may be a bit of a learning curve.

WorkflowMax: This tool is perfect for businesses and freelancers who provide a service and bill based on time. Without much effort at all, employees can track time spent on various tasks and remain accountable for their work. WorkflowMax allows users to create professional, instant quotes for potential clients and then invoice them later on with equally professional-looking forms. Users can even build timelines for special projects and view productivity analytics within the program. For a low monthly price, it’s never been easier for service-based businesses to stay organized.

Pocket: No matter how good you are at avoiding procrastination, you’re bound to come across irresistible articles and videos somewhere on the Internet while you’re working. But wait, not clicking on it now doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to see it. Pocket lets you save distracting links and useful articles for later with a simple button, which is installed via extension onto your web browser. Whether it’s the link to a client’s website, a PDF that needs to be edited, or an infographic you’d like to someday share on social media, you can put it in your Pocket. Too many items saved already? You can tag your links and docs for organizational purposes, so nothing will get lost.

1Password: you’re worried you’ll forget your password, so you make it super simple—but you’re practically inviting scammers and hackers to your virtual doorstep. Instead, go ahead and generate an uber-complex password and save it with 1Password. This little tool lends you peace of mind and extra time at once by storing your passwords securely and auto-entering them for you on selected sites and programs. With 1Password Teams, administrators can grant and revoke access to shared vaults, as well as save time solving company phishing scams. No matter the size of your business, it can probably benefit from 1Password.

Office 365: Office 365 is the product of Microsoft: one of the biggest companies on the planet. This means it has an incredible array of powerful features surrounding email management, file sharing, and online meetings. OneDrive provides an excellent cloud storage solution for businesses, while Skype for Business makes web communication a breeze. Start small with Office 365’s Business Essentials package, or shoot straight to Premium for added amenities, like the Microsoft Office suite and HD video conferencing.

These tools will help you get your teams on the same track, prioritize major projects, and delegate tasks until you’ve achieved just that.