5 must-have apps for the HR professional
Mobile technology is here to stay and while you may not find many apps specifically designed for the HR professional, there are still hundreds of apps that anyone in the HRM field will find useful. If you’re a HR professional who is looking to boost productivity, stay organized, or collaborate with your team more efficiently, we’ve got five apps to help you out.
Turbo Scan ($1.99)
Have you ever noticed how long it takes to scan a single page on your desktop scanner? We have an HP All-in-One printer/scanner/fax machine and nothing tests our patience like this machine—especially when we have a twenty-page document to scan. But there’s more than time at stake when you use a desktop scanner: there’s also the fact that you have to be at your desk to use it. Skip all of this and give Turboscan a try.
Turboscan optimizes your iPhone’s built-in camera, turning it into a multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, and other text. With TurboScan, you can quickly scan your documents and store or email them as multipage PDF or JPEG files.
Good Reader ($4.99)
We love Good Reader for a couple of reasons. First off, it will successfully handle any document—huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 MB and more—with great speed. HR professionals will also be happy to know that they can annotate their PDFs using typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings.
Technically, Printfriendly isn’t an app, but we use this website so often that it had to be on our list. How much paper and ink do you think your department wastes every day printing needless sidebar images and web page clutter? If you’d like to print clean pages and save paper, all you’ve got to do is copy and paste the webpage URL into Printfriendly. Now you can edit webcopy, change text size, and remove images. Once you’re done you can either convert your text to a PDF file, email or print it.
HR at Your Fingertips ($1.99)
We’d never seen an app custom-tailored to the HR professional until last week when we stumbled upon HR at Your Fingertips. In addition to helpful walkthroughs on how to write an employee handbook, this mobile app also contains a law definition database and a common HR term glossary containing over 270 terms and definitions.
Corkboard Me ($5.00/month with a free, 30-day trial)
This app is perfect for HR professionals who are collaborating on a project. Want to share an idea? Simply type it up on a virtual post-it note and attach it to your team’s online “corkboard.” In addition to this, users can share PDFs, Powerpoints, sales plans—you name it. Drag and drop images directly on the board or add them to notes as attachments.