App ideas for HR departments

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. In this Blast we thought we would zap and blast you with a few of our favourite apps. The theme of course is HR and Training. We have chosen a variety of apps for all types of smartphone and tablet, covering a range of topics from project planning and mobile working to some more light hearted gaming apps to get you through the working day!

Slowly but surely, HR is embracing mobile technology and while many staff are already very app savvy, many are not, so a little guidance from you might be really valued.

Health and Fitness

With employee wellbeing high up on the agenda in many organisations you might want to encourage your staff to download an app to support their fitness goals or raise awareness of activity rates etc.

Walkmeter GPS Pedometer
This is a great little app which is currently free of charge. With built in maps, graphs, splits, intervals, laps, announcements, zones, training plans and more. Perfect for those staff who are trying to increase their level of daily activity.

Runtastic
This is another great little app and so easy to use if you want to see how far or how long you have walked or run. Free initially but then small cost for a few useful extras.

Health Mate
Want to check your pulse during tricky meetings? Well you can by putting your finger on your camera if you have this app. So many ways to distract yourself from actually doing your job but we’re sure this will appeal to some!

Time efficiency with your reading

Feedly. Read More, Know More.
We are all often overwhelmed with stuff to read and it can get a little out of hand. This is a great app that helps collect and organize what we want to read. You can organise by subject matter and it’s searchable. Great for doing research. its also free!

HR protecting the business brand

Glassdoor
When 96% of job seekers are influenced by employee reviews, then HR pros have to pay attention to their organizational brand. The Glassdoor app allows you to see what others are saying about your company. Check it out.

Project or task planning

SimpleMind for iOS
Many staff can’t work with a blank piece of paper. Lots also struggle to organise their presentations, tasks or their thinking. This is a fantastic app that we use in Jaluch. It’s for mind mapping and turns your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch into a brainstorming, idea collection and thought structuring device. Currently 69p for the paid version.

Bamboo Paper- Notebook
Toss out that stack of sticky notes on your desk…now’s the time to upgrade to an app for your work to-do list instead. This is a great little app designed to help you capture your creative moments and thoughts. And its not just for words either, with this app taking notes, sketching and drawing is as straightforward and as simple as using a real notebook. You can change the paper background to be a few different varieties. Another one that’s free.

Stress busters for HR

Office Jerk
When the stress of it all just gets too much, then why not hurl a chair or computer (or up to 45 things) at the one in the office who’s irritating you the most! A bit of light hearted fun and always best to relive stress in a game rather than for real!

Word Search Puzzles – Free
The clue is in the title for this one, just something easy and simple to download for free and pass the time when you want to switch off.

Mobile Working

Office for Tablet (Free but requires an Office 365 subscription)
As mobile working increases rapidly for many of us, this app for iPads might appeal to some. Amazing how sometimes a simple app can relieve the pressure of not being able to produce, create or print what you need, when you need it. This app allows you to continue to work away from the office with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Plus option of projecting your PowerPoint presentations wirelessly on a big screen.

DropBox
Many of you will already be using Dropbox, but if you are not, take a look at how this great app lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Option to access any file you like when you’re away from the office by just saving it to your Dropbox from pretty much any computer or device. It’s free too for up to 2GB!

Look great, feel great

Prezi
There is nothing worse than in insipid boring PowerPoint presentation where eyes glaze over. If you want something a little different why not try using Prezi instead? Create and present beautiful presentations with Prezi for iPad. It’s free to start but there are subscriptions too if you want to keep the presentation you create private.

Travel and Transport

Jump – London bus tracker
A great app that allows the bus travellers in London to find bus stops and find out where buses are on their routes. Great little tool.

We hope you have found a few apps of interest here. If you would like to share with other HR blast readers any apps that you have found of value please let us know and we will share!

P.s. What does your expenses policy say about purchase of apps? Time to update your policy to ensure staff are clear about what they can and cannot claim for? For any contract or employment policy queries please do get in touch with our HR team, click here to email or call us on…

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The information contained within this article is for general guidance only and represents our understanding of employment and associated law and employee relations issues as at the date of publication. Jaluch Limited, or any of its directors or employees, cannot be held responsible for any action or inaction taken in reliance upon the contents. Specific advice should be sought on all individuals matters.

 

 

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