It’s hard to argue that the way we work has changed forever. The prolonged remote work world that we’ve been faced with the past two years has created a new mindset in workers that isn’t going to change anytime soon. Employees want flexibility and want to be judged not on the hours worked, but on their productivity and quality outcomes. So now it’s your job as a business leader to give the tools to do their job well.
Here are the key apps that can help your team excel:
1. Project Management & Workflow
First and foremost, keep a handle on the work being done. There is no better way to do that than through some of the excellent workflow tracking tools out there today. You can monitor the tasks of individual projects or your full portfolio of assignments. You can even plan for future work through Gantt chart projections and track budgets as well. Some of the best options are Basecamp, Monday.com, Jira, and Asana.
2. Calendar Invites
You can stop sending emails asking, “How does next Tuesday look?” Instead, use one of these calendar tools that integrates directly with your existing meetings for the week and only show your available times and days for those that want to book with you. It’s as easy as putting a link in your mail signature that allows people to see when you’re free and book right online. Acuity Scheduling and Calendly are the market leaders for this. Don’t wait, get your team signed up for one of these today.
3. Hotel Software
For those downsizing office space but also providing the hybrid option – certain people can come back to the office on certain days if they want to – this one is a necessity. It’s an odd name for this tool, but with it, you can designate desks, workstations, and conference rooms to be “checked out” but employees before they show up at the office. This helps ensure you don’t have people without a place to sit for the day and gives you an idea of how to plan and support your future office space needs.
No matter which industry you’re in, it’s essential to make your workplace environment more accessible for everyone. Not only will this help improve efficiency, but you’ll benefit from seeing a boost in productivity as well!