As corporate work environments become increasingly fast-paced and demanding, employees are feeling the burden: on average, employees spend 31 hours per month in meetings, one million workers miss work each day due to stress, and American companies lose almost $65 billion annually because of employee sleep deprivation.
Luckily, advancing technology has worked to take some of the tedium out of the work day: from management to communication to operations, these ten apps have streamlined numerous aspects of the modern-day business world.
For people who find themselves fighting an uphill battle to keep up with emails and Slack messages, FollowUp can be a game changer. The Android app compiles starred emails, unanswered calls, and missed SMS messages into a “tasks-to-be-completed” list. You’ll never miss an important message again!
Have you ever shared your screen during a conference call, only to have an embarrassing iMessage notification suddenly flash across your presentation? Muzzle, an app for Mac, ensures that you never have to deal with an awkward moment like this again by automatically turning your notifications to ‘Do Not Disturb’ as soon as you share your screen.
Yoink helps Mac users work faster by simplifying the drag and drop feature. Yoink users can expedite the process by dragging and dropping their files to a temporary storage place. This frees up your mouse, enabling you to navigate to the destination of your files with greater ease.
Charlie eliminates the need for a Google deep-dive every time you have a meeting with a new business associate. Compatible with iOS 7.1 or later, the Charlie app will sift through hundreds of sources and consolidate the most important information about your new business contact, then send you a one-pager that you can quickly look over before your next meeting.
If you need to track time, log expenses, or manage invoices, then Harvest is a must-download. This iOS app allows you to track time spent on a project, and if you’re on a team, you can view your teammates’ timers in real-time. Harvest also enables you to take photos of your receipts as you enter expenses, send invoices via the app, and receive notifications when clients have paid you.
This Chrome app allows you to screencast, by recording your screen as a video. It also lets you take — well, — awesome screenshots in which you can not only capture part or all of any page, but also annotate and blur information, so you don’t have to spend time editing your screenshots before sharing them. The app also supports one-click uploads to speed up the sharing process.
Expensify streamlines the expense reports process. Users can submit expenses via mobile by simply snapping a picture of a receipt. Expensify also allows next-day reimbursement and lets admins customize expense policy rules, so that requests are automatically approved in the app — unless they are flagged — without the admin having to manually sift through and approve reports themselves.
HootSuite simplifies social media marketing by allowing you to use a single dashboard to manage your company’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn accounts. This one-stop social shop lets you share content across all of your social platforms, and enables you to pre-schedule social posts for optimal times.
9. Zoho (Recruit, CRM, Docs Standard)
The Zoho One app comes with more than 35 integrated, online applications. This massive suite includes pretty much any marketing, accounting, or sales tool you could ask for (and then some). This is a good option for larger companies that need to maintain smooth operation across multiple departments.
Who needs a to-do list when you have the Strides app? Available on iOS 10.0 or later, Strides allows you to track your habits and progress towards goals over time. This progress can be viewed in easily digestible charts, and the app sends periodic reminders to keep you motivated and accountable for the goals you’ve set.
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