Paper and pen can be efficient, but to really be an effective boss, you’ve got to leverage technology.
Leaders in the 21st century connect with their employees, encourage engagement and stimulate performance through the use of apps and tech tools.
Digital solutions in the form of apps and other tech tools make you a more effective boss and help you do your job better.
You are probably already using your smartphone, tablet and laptop for work. But, did you know there are ways to use these tools to their full capacity, helping you be a better boss?
In this article, we look at 10 apps and tech tools for effective bosses.
This terrific organizational app is available for your computer, phone and tablet. It syncs across all of your devices, so everything is readily available no matter where you are.
With Evernote, you can use the free version or upgrade to a paid package that unlocks extra features and storage space.
Using Evernote, you can make to-do lists, take notes, snap a photo of a sketch, clip articles on the Internet to read later and store documents.
You can also collaborate with your employees and share notes and notebooks. This is an effective tool for organizing teams within your organization and sharing documents.
How’d you like to help your team track and monitor their results from start to finish?
Asana helps you manage your team’s tasks and goals toward project completion.
Like Evernote, you can also organize to-do lists, but it goes a step further allowing you to organize projects, meetings, conversations and emails using an easy-to-use dashboard.
Asana keeps everyone in the loop and assures that project information is always available to anyone at any time.
It’s also available on the go, so you and your employees can use it from a mobile device.
This is an especially helpful tool if part of your workforce works remotely.
15Five is a great option for restaurants, hotel managers and other small businesses.
This handy tech tool lets bosses know what’s going on with their employees. In 15Five, there are two roles – that of reporter and reviewer. Employees are the reporters, and managers are reviewers.
Your employees take 15 minutes weekly to answer some simple questions and write very short snippets about business ideas, while providing feedback and sparking conversation or asking for help.
Then, you as the boss, take five minutes to comment back adding your own feedback and insights.
This is a great tool for effective bosses because it sparks conversation and enables employees to communicate in a low-key, non-threatening manner with their managers.
Using 15five, you can easily see how your employees are feeling and learn what you need to improve your company culture to improve productivity.
Allow us to include our own tech tool on this list.
Zoomshift makes you a more effective boss because it digitizes your scheduling and time clock software for your hourly employees.
You can use it to simply make work schedules, track time and run your payroll.
Whether you’re using a computer or Apple or Android phone, you can take Zoomshift with you anywhere to manage your schedules and payroll.
The mobile app can even remind your employees that their shift is about to start, reducing the number of late or no-show employees.
The timeclock is also usable by any of your employees at anytime and anywhere. With the GPS locator, you will always know if your employees clocked in and out from where you expected them to be.
Wouldn’t it be nice to make meetings and agendas easy? With Minute, you can.
An effective boss runs productive meetings, and that starts with the agenda.
Using Minute, you can create agendas for meetings and share the agenda to any mobile device or computer.
You can also use Minute to take notes and capture action items. Then, you can quickly send the minutes to your employees right from the app.
You and your employees can even work in the app in real time, collaborating on action items.
Minute is also exportable to Dropbox, Evernote, email and more.
#6: Super Note
We like this app because it helps you be more effective at any time, even walking on your lunch hour.
With Super Note, you can take notes anywhere by using the voice recording option.
Just imagine, you’re driving and you remember something you want to recognize your employee for. You can use Super Note to record your thoughts, add pictures and even color code your notes for later.
If you or your employees need to utilize expense reports, Expensify is the app for you.
Making everyone more effective, Expensify streamlines the way expenses are reported, approved and exported to your accounting department.
With this app, you and your staff can quickly create, submit and approve expense reports from a smartphone. Just take a photo of your receipts and capture the expense information. Then, toss the receipts and never worry about keeping them again.
Plus, Expensify allows you to manage your travel plans and track mileage.
#8: The Leadership Challenge
If you’re looking for tools to help you be an effective boss, The Leadership Challenge mobile tool is terrific.
With this app, you can take actions to grow your leadership through the five recognized leadership practices:
- Model the Way
- Inspire a Shared Vision
- Challenge the Process
- Enable Others to Act
- Encourage the Heart.
Whether you’re a small business owner, restaurant owner or retail store owner, this is a great tech tool.
#9: InnerWill Ignitor
Another useful tool to make yourself a better leader, InnerWill Ignitor helps you wade through your personality traits to help you build self-awareness.
It teaches you how to get the best from yourself which in turn makes you a more effective boss.
If you’ve never tried this productivity app, it’s time to give it a try.
2Do helps you manage your schedule, making you a more effective boss. You can manage not only your work schedule with this app, but your personal schedule, too. No more scheduling meetings during your son’s soccer game.
You’ll never lose track of your schedule again.
Now that we’ve looked at 10 apps and tech tools for effective bosses, it’s time to put them to the test. Pick one to try this week, and next week, try another.
Effective bosses have just enough tech savvy to use these apps to increase their own productivity as well as that of their employees.
Do you have a favorite app or tech tool that increases productivity or makes your life easier? Please comment below to share your tips with others.