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4 mobile applications for future employees

In recent years, employee productivity apps have become all the rage. Collaborative tools like Slack, Trello and Microsoft Teams are even more useful when workers use the mobile versions to contribute wherever they are.

Today, several alternatives are making a splash in the workplace, bringing more and more business features to employee phones. This article will look at some of the most useful mobile apps that support the modern workforce.

These promising apps are great resources for employees working at home, in the office, or around the world. By using industry-leading software, you can increase your team’s productivity and job satisfaction, better manage costs, and improve your customer service.

Skedulo is one of the latest employee mobile apps to achieve mainstream success. Last year, Skedulo raised $75 million in Series C funding, bringing its total funding to $115 million.

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The Skedulo app allows office-less workers to view assignments, accept or decline jobs, and communicate with each other. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

The Skedulo app is designed for the deskless workforce – active workers who don’t typically spend their day sitting at a desk. Delivery drivers, retail workers, field service workers, home care attendants, and commercial cleaners are just a few of the mobile workers Skedulo is designed to help. The app, which supports Android and iOS devices, gives operational managers a complete view of their business without an office. It allows workers and managers to use a single system for scheduling, resource movement, time tracking, data analysis and reporting.

Workers can view newly assigned tasks, access and share schedules, and message each other, all in real time. In-app routing information helps workers get to job sites, and on-site customer details and task lists help them get the job done. They can document their work using the app to capture and send photos, signatures, notes, and more, even when they’re offline.

Managers can use Skedulo’s built-in data analytics tools to uncover inefficiencies, spot performance trends, and make informed decisions to increase productivity and improve customer experience. Factors analyzed by the tools include travel time, work completed, and job growth. Contact Skedulo for pricing information.

If you haven’t heard of 15Five yet, expect to see this app in the headlines more frequently in the future. 15Five was named one of the 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Workplace by Fast Company in 2022. 15Five is a powerful app that employees can use to track their growth and provide feedback to their managers.

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In the 15Five app, records help employees provide feedback on their work, track progress toward goals, and track priorities. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

The 15Five app works by connecting managers and employees to streamline performance. 15Five represents the time employees are expected to spend using the app per week. It’s 15 minutes for an employee to “check in,” then five minutes for managers to vet their direct reports. (Companies can set different expectations for weekly or monthly check-ins.)

Check-ins, the foundation of the 15Five ecosystem, are essentially a way for employees to provide direct feedback to their managers on how things are going for them. This is accomplished by using impulse ratings for how employees feel at work, goals that set clear goals and track employee progress towards them, and priorities (tasks that help achieve goals), as well as questions and high fives to celebrate employee wins and demonstrate their value to the company.

Goals include statistics on how employee success is measured, such as increasing monthly revenue by $1,000. Priorities are similar to goals (and can be connected to them), but this section works more like a to-do list. Employees can schedule specific work-related tasks, such as “meet 3 new potential clients,” and then track their progress toward completion. When the priorities are completed, they are checked off and completed for the week.

15Five also offers one-on-one interviews, self-assessments, and an option that allows employees to request real-time feedback from their peers. One-on-one interviews offer managers and employees a way to track strategic conversations and drive growth by extracting insights from 15Five recordings. Employees can easily schedule their weekly one-on-one and integrate it with Google Calendar through the app. Once talking points have been discussed, they can be crossed out. Items that are not reviewed are automatically carried over to the next 1-on-1. You can also create new action items and add notes.

Finally, 15Five supports Engage, a service that distributes surveys to employees to get meaningful insights into how they feel about their jobs. 15Five Business plans start at $8 per user per month.

Many employee mobile apps may require some setup, but When I Work is pretty much out of the box. In 2020, the team scheduling, time-tracking, and messaging app received awards for fastest implementation and best ROI from G2 Crowd.

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The When I Work app lets employees and managers communicate, manage shifts, and more. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

With When I Work, employees can easily view their schedules, request time off, request shift swaps, and even fill other employees’ shifts. When I Work offers shift confirmations and everyone is immediately notified when shifts are swapped. Additionally, workers can use the app to clock in and out, review assigned tasks, and communicate with other team members in real time without revealing their personal phone numbers.

Managers can use the app to quickly onboard employees, create schedules, and manage employee requests. Automated scheduling takes into account employee qualifications, availability and preferences, minimizing the need for them to request time off or trade shifts. The app also keeps track of hours worked, thus avoiding unnecessary overtime costs.

While scheduling is where When I Work shines, it can also generate labor reports, forecast labor needs, and ensure your payroll is processed quickly and accurately. When I Work plans start at $2.50 per user per month.

What started as an internal company tool has turned into a powerful productivity application. ClickUp simplifies workflows, provides streamlined internal chat, provides robust goal insights, and provides data-driven productivity insights.

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ClickUp provides high-level, detailed views of goal progress, with built-in chat. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

ClickUp is designed to replace most productivity apps, including group chat, project management, and task completion; However, if your team is tied to popular tools like Slack or Trello, you can still integrate them with ClickUp. This means that you can, for example, use ClickUp’s own kanban tool, integrate a separate one, or both.

ClickUp offers over 35 “ClickApps”, or tools within the app, designed to scale from teams of 1 to over 1,000. These tools include project and task boards, an integrated chat view, and a goal/progress chart. ClickUp supports multiple view types, so employees can view data in the way that works best for them. ClickUp also offers a writing app, so employees can quickly generate text for marketing campaigns. Another of its standout features is the Whiteboard, which lets you easily drag and drop items, rearrange them, and manage workflows.

ClickUp offers iOS, Android, and web apps, so employees can use it on almost any device. Features are the same across all platforms, and users can log into the app on their phone or through the web. ClickUp Team and Enterprise plans start at $5 per user per month.

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