3 mobile collaboration tools that improve employee productivity

By Becky Lawlor

More companies are beginning to use mobile collaboration apps to boost their employees’ productivity and flexibility. In fact, according to Frost & Sullivan, 80 percent of businesses in today’s marketplace use one or more mobile worker apps. Furthermore, 26 percent of respondents identified themselves as heavy mobile app users, meaning that these businesses had at least 20 mobile apps available for their employees to use on their tablets or smartphones. Here are three mobile collaboration apps that can take your employees’ productivity to the next level.

Enterprise social media apps

Your employees may spend a lot of their free time on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. But when used as a work tool, apps like Yammer and Jive can actually save your employees time and boost their productivity levels. In fact, a study by McKinsey & Company found that companies that use social media tools internally can reduce the amount of time that their employees spend searching for business information by up to 35 percent.

Furthermore, in a 2013 study by Ipsos, 46 percent of respondents claimed that their productivity had actually increased as a result of their use of social media tools. Social media apps can be very valuable because they link content to context, make it easier and faster for your employees to follow group conversations and lessen the chance that information will be siloed in one employee’s inbox.

Mobile conferencing apps

According to a recent study by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, 80 to 90 percent of US workers would prefer to telecommute to some degree, while 20 to 25 percent of the workforce already does so. As such, employee access to mobile conferencing capabilities is a necessity for almost any business. Overall, mobile conferencing apps allow you to save travel time and costs, enable higher levels of employee productivity and make it easier for you to facilitate meetings between remote employees and clients. In a survey by ConnectSolutions, 77 percent of the employees who worked remotely for multiple days in a given month actually claimed that they were more productive when they were off-site. In fact, 30 percent of these workers reported that they got more work done in a shorter period of time than they would have if they were in the office.

Project management apps

When you’re working on large projects, tracking the work becomes an important part of improving your team’s collaboration efforts. By investing in a mobile project management app, you can provide real-time visibility to all of your team members and save time that you currently spend holding status meetings and updating spreadsheets. These apps also generally combine several other “productivity tools,” such as time tracking, task management and document storage, under one roof. This integration of key applications allows you to further boost your productivity. If your business has a remote workforce, a mobile project management app is even more crucial.

By bringing mobile collaboration tools to your employees’ smartphones and tablets, you can give your workers the tools they need to take advantage of flexible work practices without sacrificing team collaboration or productivity.

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Becky Lawlor

Technology Writer

Becky Lawlor is a freelance technology writer specializing in mobility, cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration solutions. She develops and writes content that helps technology buyers understand and evaluate technology solutions, modernize their IT infrastructure…

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