If there’s one thing I know about HR Professionals, it’s that they’re incredibly busy people. In fact, most HR Managers or HR Generalists have to recruit, hire, onboard, select, schedule, purchase, mediate and plan on any given day at their jobs. From the monthly recognition dinner to the meeting where product tells them they need 20 more service reps by Halloween, the skills of an HR Pro are varied and touch many departments.
In order to keep it all together, you’ll need an app or two to keep you sane. Try these:
If you’re constantly being told you need to brush up on your marketing skills to be effective in Human Resources and hiring, you’re not alone. But it doesn’t mean you have to jump in line to be your company’s CMO. Instead, work marketing related tasks into your workday. One way to do this is to be your company’s employer advocate on Twitter! Using the regular old Twitter for Mobile app, you can toggle between accounts, copy links and send out custom messages to strengthen your employer brand. Because you can have multiple accounts, you don’t have to sign out of your personal account (if you have one) to post a message on behalf of your company.
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HR Record Keeping
You already know that at least 20% of your job revolves around finding the right information at the right time. Making records, keeping records secure and sharing pertinent records with your hiring managers and team, all very crucial. So download Evernote to keep it all straight. From checklists, to recorded interviews, pictures of receipts and documents and so much more, Evernote keeps it all together and is smart enough to know what to pull up when it notices a pattern. While the consumer version is free, it’s not secure so consider Evernote for Business if you’re planning on sharing, saving or clipping sensitive employee information.
If you’re in human resources, that means you need to talk to a lot of humans. To do that effectively, especially if your workforce is not centralized, you need the Skype app. Free to download and simple to use, it’s a great (and familiar) interface for those not yet ready to try viber, Google talk or other newer platforms. Get Skype.
Wait, what? Chances are you have an HRIS hard-coded into your culture, but if not, there are free and easy to use systems out there. FreeHR is a great example, as is ZohoPeople. In fact, it’s a great idea to find out if your chosen ATS or HRIS has created a mobile app. If so, and you’re a paying customer, download it!
Both Zapier and IFTTT are available on your mobile phone. These are tools that let you do anything from getting notified when a new HR or labor law passes or auto-post snaps from the company Instagram to a Dropbox account for later use (like the summer barbecue newsletter next year?)
Stay up on the latest with this free mobile app. Your days of missed news and lost invites are over:
Obviously, all of these are more effective if you get them on your computer before your mobile phone. But using them will not only improve your productivity, it will make you a better HR Pro!
What are your favorite apps for productivity?
As the head of a department in the midst of a sustained period of rapid growth, Sara has spent thousands of hours interviewing, hiring, onboarding and assessing employees and candidates. She is passionate about sharing the best practices she has learned from both successes and failures in talent acquisition and management.