Four technologies that increase productivity

Technologies abound that can help you improve your employee productivity, including collaboration tools, time trackers, health and wellness software, and more.

Businesses are always striving for their employees to perform faster and smarter. For oganizations to be successful, staff productivity has to be high, which can sometimes be more easily said than done. But thanks to a variety of modern technologies that focus on working smarter, being accountable and living healthier lives, companies can ensure employee productivity is at a premium. Here’s a handful of helpful favorites. 

1. Collaboration technologies

Collaboration tools and technologies aim to help teams or people working on a shared task to be more productive and accomplish their goals. These tools do so by making it easy for employees to connect, collaborate and share their knowledge, whether it’s with cloud based work management platforms, virtual meetings, or employee crowdsourcing tools such as Spigit and AnswerHub.

Now employees can hand over tasks, conduct meetings, determine (and follow) best practice, share documents, make decisions and tick off to-do items more quickly and simply. By solving problems, simplifying workflow and saving time, you’re maximizing productivity.

Collaboration technologies foster productivity because they enable the flexibility for employees to work anywhere, anytime and on any platform, whether it’s mobile, tablet, desktop or laptop.    

Of course, it’s one thing to implement these technologies within your organization, it’s another to have the requisite processes in place and get people to effectively use them. To get workers onboard, it’s a good idea to provide incentives or introduce some gamification with use of the tools. This, too, can encourage productivity: if employees are having fun, they’re more likely to be productive.

2. Time trackers

Using a time tracker  tool is another great way to monitor your precious man-hours and to make every minute count. There are lots of great time-management products available, from simple online timesheets to more elaborate software that can include features such as screen capture, a downtime indicator, different settings for different employees and report generation.

Among the most popular is the app Chrometa, a great tool that automatically records your software usage, including how long you spent drafting a report, writing a proposal, or emailing a client. 

PayMo offers time tracking, invoicing and a handful of project management features, which can help streamline your business operations.

Time tracking encourages productivity by making both on-site and remote employees and contractors accountable for every minute they spend on a given task or client. Staff can set themselves goals to improve time management, and they can assess how they can approach tasks in future.

3. Wearables

More and more, organizations’ employee-wellness programs are adopting and promoting the use of fitness-tracking, sleep-monitoring and other health-promoting wearable technology by their staff. The aim of these initiatives is to capitalize on the link between healthy employees and more productive employees.

 The productivity-increasing benefits of healthy wearables include:

      •                    Reduced absenteeism: Employees are more productive because they’re healthier, require less sick leave and are at work.

      •                    Improved morale: Employees with wearables often engage in good-natured competitions with one another and, again, when employees are having fun at work, they’re often more productive. 

4. Mindfulness and stress-relief apps

Continuing on the health kick, studies show that stress in the workplace results in increased absenteeism and less productive employees. To counter this, meditation and other mindfulness and tension-relieving apps are popping up like spring wildflowers. Research shows that just a few minutes of meditation can reduce stress – not to mention lower blood pressure and improve immunity. Employees can download a meditation app on their mobile phone, find an empty meeting room – or better yet, a quiet place away from the office – and come back to their desks recharged and ready to tackle the tasks at hand. 

Armed with these tech tools and tips, organizations can increase efficiencies and, with luck, simultaneously create a happier, healthier workforce as well as achieve a healthier bottom line.