Why App Overload Should be Left in the Dust
We’ve talked about app overload time and time again. You know what we mean— an app for email, one for document collaboration, one to access video chat, and on, and on, and on. This becomes especially difficult to manage when you consider the time spent sifting through separate apps, with different logins, individual passwords, and various charges hitting your credit card. These problems are in addition to the lack of centralized information and the difficulty of recalling data.
Too Many Tools?
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article called “Beware Collaboration-Tool Overload,” a piece that highlights the overkill that many employees are feeling when it comes to collaboration-specific tools.
“But having too many ways to collaborate can confuse and annoy workers,” the article states. “Research shows that workers often resist using multiple services, often because they don’t want to open one more window on their computer or launch one more app on their mobile device.”
One App – One Login
For this reason, many companies have shifted to all-in-one solutions, with capabilities like document collaboration, chat, video chat, tasking, calendaring and more— in one app, with one login, at one price.
The typical employee has around 30 – 50 interactions per day. Eliminating the need for employees to dive through multiple apps to recall information— like deadlines promised in chat or hunting down shared files— can mean very real time savings, as well as the ability to reach goals faster.
Aside from saved time and frustration, it’s also important to recall that more and more workers are conducting business remotely. According to a recent report, “Gallup found that from 2012 to 2016, the number of employees working remotely rose by four percentage points, from 39% to 43%, and employees working remotely spent more time doing so.”
With this remote workforce gaining traction every year, the need for these workers to remain connected and engaged is ever-growing. Cloud-based, all-in-one solutions allow for the ability to remain involved no matter where a person is working— with the advantage of being able to easily connect with internal and external stakeholders in one platform, on-demand, and without the need for multiple apps.
Simplify to Avoid App Overload
As the aforementioned WSJ article puts it, “…workplaces are recognizing the risk of communications overload, and they are trying to simplify their workers’ lives. In response, the makers of collaboration apps and services are tweaking their offerings to enable people to do more work within their suite of products, so there’s less of a need to jump around.”
A new era in the workplace evolution has begun, taking a shift from the myriad of collaboration, productivity and communication apps to a more accessible and united digital workspace approach. And with a new, streamlined solution to working better together, app overload is about to be a thing of the past.