There are thousands of apps available geared towards making your life easier.
However, with so many apps available, finding the best ones is often like finding a needle in a haystack. So we’ve done the research for you and put together this list of apps that will increase your productivity and help you kick more goals for your business.
Apps To Keep You Organised
“I have always believed that technology should do the hard work–discovery, organisation and communication–so users can do what makes them happiest: living and loving.” – Larry Page
For anyone who’s day involves meetings, interviews, and managing a large workforce, there is no doubt that your desk is covered in Post-it-notes and your draw full of used up notebooks.
Evernote is a note-taking app that allows you to capture, organise, and share your notes across all of your devices, and with others.
It has a nifty search function too, which means you can easily find your ‘braindumps’ weeks later.
No this isn’t an Evernote sponsored post, these guys just happen to nail the organisation niche in tech.
Scannable turns signed contracts into an easy-to-email high quality PDF. It easily transports printed resumes to your computer and records those pesky coffee receipts you’ll need to send to the accounts team.
If your organisation isn’t already on Slack, or a similar communication tool, it should be your priority to get this implemented.
Use it within your team for on-the-go communication. It’s free to use for a small team and very competitively priced for larger teams.
It will cut hours out of emailing trivial things like shift swaps and uniform requirements.
Apps To Keep You Up To Date With The Latest Staffing Trends
“We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social, the question is how well we do it.” – Erik Qulman
Social Media isn’t just for advertising and sharing, it’s also a powerful tool when used for staying on top of industry trends.
A fan-favourite for marketers, Google Alerts can also be used by staffing managers as a great way to keep up to date with industry news. Everyday, you’ll receive relevant updates straight to your inbox.
It’s super easy to set up alerts for competitor news, company mentions or even your own name if you’re trying to build a personal brand. Use it to find out what people are saying about your business – like your employees bragging about how awesome it is to work there.
Twitter is a really effective way to keep on top of what’s trending in your industry. Make sure you’re following top influencers in the staffing and recruitment space and checking up on relevant hashtags.
3 Influencers To Follow:
It shouldn’t be news to people in the world of workforce management, but building a Linkedin network is key to your career and your job.
Linkedin doesn’t just give you access to talent at your fingertips, but it also gives you a wealth of industry news and knowledge if you’re following the right influencers.
Make sure you have professional profile image and a great cover photo, no selfies please.
Apps To Keep You Sharp & Smart
“Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets” – Leonardo Da Vinci
The go-to-app for any personal development enthusiast, Audible is the audio-library in your pocket.
It makes learning accessible, easy and enjoyable. The convenience of an audio book is perfect for the staffing manager on the go.
Our top Audible pick for staffing managers would have to be:
Above the Line (How to Create a Company Culture That Engages Employees, Delights Customers, and Delivers Results) by Michael Henderson
Keeping sane is integral to your productivity and using an app like Smiling Mind will help you keep grounded and present.
A lot of people start meditating for its benefits in stress reduction, and there’s lots of good evidence to support this rationale. There’s a sub-genre of meditation called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Studies have shown its benefits include reducing anxiety, even years after an initial 8 week course, and helps regions in the brain involved in attention, as well as relief from symptoms of social anxiety.
The perfect app to start using in the lead-up to Christmas.
Elevate is a beautifully designed brain training app that was featured as Apple’s ‘App of the year.’
It’s a personalised program that claims to help you “improve focus, speaking abilities, processing speed, memory, math skills, and more.” The perfect tool to help you articulate your business case for a promotion.
Apps To Help You Sleep
“We are living under a collective delusion that somehow burn-out is essential to modern success.” – Ariana Huffington
We know managing staff is an around the clock job. How often do you wake up and feel like you haven’t slept more than an hour?
90% of the time this is due to waking up in the wrong sleep cycle. Using the website Sleepti.me you can plan your alarm clock around your sleep cycle, which in turn will improve your sleep quality, mood and overall wellness.
If you find yourself struggling to fall asleep at night, it might be because you’re stressed, or it might be because you’ve spent all night staring at a computer screen and the hormones that help you fall asleep haven’t shown up yet.
“During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.” – Flux
Flux is an easy to install app on your laptop or desktop that places a colour hue over your screen to soften the blue lights emitted by your computer and darkens as the sun sets, helping your body prepare for sleep.
Make sure you’re also using the night-shift function on your iPhone when you’re heading home from work on dark nights.
Bonus tool for Staffing Managers
For busy staffing managers, Sidekicker is a temporary staffing platform that allows businesses to hire temporary and casual staff.
Businesses like Uber, News Corp and Airbnb use Sidekicker to simply make a request, and within the hour are matched to available and relevant ‘Sidekicks’, all who have been interviewed, skill tested and have detailed profiles including ratings and reviews–making hiring the right people simple.