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There’s an App for That!

Tablet PC with cloud of application icons flying arroundThis post was contributed by Jamie Tanner, human resources director at South Georgia State College.

Technology has been a great addition to the arsenal of the HR professional, and there are many ways in which both software and hardware have been integrated into our everyday work experiences. One of my passions as of late has been mobile apps and how I can utilize them to be more effective in my job.

As a self-professed “techie,” the fun for me is in trying out various new apps to see if/how they can help me and my team work smarter and more efficiently. In doing these test-runs, I’ve found several apps that I now regularly use to simplify, organize, interpret and disseminate information at work. Here are two:

Evernote is a great note-taking app, allowing you to create a document on either a PC or a Mac and then view it on any Apple device or Android-powered device. This app allows for categorization of your notes so you can have notebooks for multiple projects and also allows you to add photos and sound to your notes. Evernote can also serve as a business card repository. The app is free but also has a paid premium version. The free version has been sufficient for my needs.

Trello is a team management app that enables you to categorize projects into “boards,” with each board having three “cards”: To Do, Doing and Done. Within each card you can add descriptions, photos, attachments, lists, etc. With Trello, you can create teams for different projects and add team members to cards. Once team members have been assigned to a card, they can log in and move their assigned cards to any of the three categories – To Do, Doing or Done – depending on where they are in their assigned task.

Trello provides a great visual of many moving pieces, especially if you’re dealing with complex topics and projects. It’s also a great way to keep a repository of all items related to a specific project in one localized place, allowing for clarity and efficiency. It also adds an element of ownership and accountability to tasks. Trello is a free app and is available across all platforms.

Do you use apps in your work? Which ones have you found most helpful?

To learn more about apps that can enable efficiency and connectivity for users in the workplace, plan to attend Jamie’s session, “There’s an App for That,” at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2014, September 28-30 in San Antonio, Texas.