As the CEO of a third-party logistics & fulfillment company, I've learned that employee satisfaction is one of the keys to running a successful business. The peak holiday season is a hectic time of year in our industry which makes keeping employee needs in mind even more important. When employees are happy to come to work, they generally perform better, are more productive and help contribute to a positive company culture. Because our work is client-service focused - this is CRUCIAL for success.There are a wide range of apps and software available to help your employees streamline tasks, prioritize, stay focused and let their voices be heard. Here are five of my topic picks that will make your employees happier and more productive in the workplace:

Tracking employee time, managing time off and handling expenses can be a headache for your team, especially if you have a large workforce. Replicon can help streamline these tasks and more for your employees, getting rid of the need for multiple excel spreadsheets and paper time cards.  Your HR department, project managers and accounting department will appreciate the ability to track employee timesheets, manage and track time off, streamline approvals, bill clients and manage expenses all from one app. Additionally, all your employees will be thankful for the ease and transparency of the app's vacation and time off manager.

Whether you run a small business or a large enterprise, the messaging app Slack is the ideal tool for team communication and collaboration. Slack enables you to organize conversations by topic, team, project or anything else that matters to your business and then bring the right people into the conversation. Once the conversation has been started, Slack allows you to call or message anyone within your team and share and edit documents right in the app. You can even integrate some of your other tools and services such as Google Drive, Salesforce and Dropbox to make work simpler and more productive for your employees.

As a 3PL, the holiday peak planning season is a very busy time for us at Dotcom Distribution. With so much going on helping our clients plan and execute their holiday fulfillment strategies, a task manager like Basecamp 3 is vital for helping employees stay on track. Basecamp allows your team to create and manage to-do lists, have quick conversations, schedule deadlines and milestones and share files and documents. The app also sends employees reminders of upcoming due dates and allows teams and supervisors visibility into the status and progress of projects. This helps your team prioritize, stay organized and remain on task, especially during your busiest times of the year.

Good communication has always been one of the keys to making your employees happier. The employee engagement platform Officevibe allows your HR team to keep a finger on the pulse of employee satisfaction and attitudes, featuring a list of more than 350 pre-built survey questions for gauging employee satisfaction. In addition, the platform anonymously collects feedback, giving your employees a sounding board and a chance to bring up workplace grievances. Officevibe also encourages peer recognition to help boost morale in the workplace. We use it at Dotcom to get real-time feedback on company "pulse", employee satisfaction and culture. 

Work can be stressful. It's important to encourage your employees to take some time to themselves to de-stress and relax during a break or after work. Meditation Studio features over 250 guided meditations taught by leading experts that can help your staff de-stress, stay focused and keep calm during the hectic busy months. Regular meditation has also been shown to improve sleep quality and concentration in the workplace.

These are just a few of many apps that have been proven to contribute to a happier working environment for employees. I encourage you to experiment with these and others to find the tools that work best for your business. To learn more about what we do at Dotcom, click here.

Published on: Nov 16, 2017