Challenge four: employee relations
Whether a business has 10 employees or 10,000, connections between workers is essential — which is why many tech products have been developed to help with that. Bret Bonnet, co-founder and president of Quality Logo Products, uses a tool to track, plan and collaborate work, which allows employees to create ‘pulses’ of tasks and keep all project information in one place. ClientFlow is another multi-channel, shared email communication, project management and employee time tracking option.]
Bonnet also uses PurelyHR, which monitors all time-off requests and punch times. Zenefits is another solution that offers a one-stop shop for everything a small business might need from an HR department, from payroll to benefits.
Mikhail Mikhaylov of APS Electric Inc. uses a similar technology called ClockInEasy, a mobile app and web-based software that employees can use to check in and out from any location or job site. “The app uses GPS location and face recognition to confirm that employees are at the office or job site,” he informs.
“As soon as they clock in, this software creates accurate timesheet reports, which can be exported to a printable document for my payroll company. Along with the five to six hours saved on data entry every week, and the headaches of attendance via paper and phone calls, I have noticeably seen a six percent decrease in my payroll costs due to accuracy and reliability with ClockInEasy,” says Mikhaylov. As an alternative for tracking employee work habits and time, Jibble offers cloud-based tracking in all of your apps, as well.
Tomas Keenan, CEO of the electronic installation company Top Class Installations, offers up one more option: Loom. He uses the software to screen and record videos to share with others. He says this has helped him to make announcements to his team, create training videos for new team members and demo products to customers. For secure file sharing and transfer, including video, Citrix Sharefile can also help send big files at the blink of an eye.