So many apps and tools are available these days that it’s no wonder people are getting more and more confused.

Sadly, many businesses are going about things the wrong way — by pestering employees to use trendy apps even though they might not be the best option out there.

Let’s focus on this aspect in this article; the one thing the internet doesn’t need is another 100 types of whatever for your business.

Pick Only the Right Tools

Businesses shouldn’t stick to trendy apps no matter what reviews might say. There are paid reviews and then there are good apps that don’t get to shine because industry leaders won’t let them.

To acquire a perfect equilibrium, businesses should combine research with employee feedback. After all, it’s employees who’ll be using the apps, so don’t skip this step!

Basically, there are only three types of tech on the market:

· Expensive trendy apps (not necessarily usable)
· Expensive business apps that may add value
· Free apps (usable and useless)

While this may sound like oversimplifying, the fact remains that many tech solutions are being forced on people: just think in terms of Google Chrome overshadowing other browsers by securing the apps won’t work in competing browsers. Slack is just the latest of examples.

Next on, think about the apps people are forced to install on their mobile devices with the excuse of “staying up to date” that collect data they have no business collecting and spamming people out of their brains.

The chief problem here is that there are many businesses here who’d rather pick a free app over a better, more secure paid solution. Sadly, this practice is just more of the same old greed we’ve been witnessing since our species came to be.

That’s why the safest advice in this regard is: provide tools that are useful, user-friendly, and highly customizable in terms of notifications.

Some tools simply can’t be bypassed, so let’s list them next.

Time-Tracking Software

Time tracking software for your team can simplify this boring, manual, everyday routine many of your employees are sick and tired of.

Fortunately, there are many options to choose from, including:

· Standalone time tracking
· Part of a project management software
· Integrated with the accounting system
· Automatic time tracking
· Real-time monitoring
· Clock in and out
· Location-based
· Enterprise

Follow the link above to learn more about each of these software types so that your business can make an educated guess when searching for the best solution.

Tools to Help Businesses with Goals

Enterprise goal-setting software is another type of new tech not to overlook. These tools aid organizational alignment and employee engagement and performance through goal-setting methodologies that take into account different aspects, including premium OKR technology.

When choosing a branded mission statement, make sure to check that it aligns with your goals.

Don’t overdo it! Remote teams may need a more complex app but office workers can well communicate face to face, so don’t turn them into lackwits!

Workplace Safety Tools

Tools for workplace safety are a must. Putting employees’ safety first is what should be the motto of every business.

How exactly can these apps help?

At the very basic level, workplace safety tools centralize and automate health and safety information, which means it’s easily accessible in real-time.

Don’t go for cheap options here, either; make sure to pick state-of-art software that will benefit your business.

The following options should be included:

Incident reporting
Data and analytics information for real-time incident and safety tracking
Safety training
Archive of inspection information
A centralized library of safety processes and procedures
Stellar safety compliance with internal, state, and federal regulations

Consult the link above for in-depth information that will help you pick the finest of safety apps.

Artificial Intelligence

This topic is still somewhat controversial because people are creatures known to be easily scared of innovation. This doesn’t make artificial intelligence (AI) either good or bad — it just means businesses need to aim for top conversational AI tools.

Conversational AI technology enables people and computers to communicate efficiently through speech or text. Conversational AI recognizes speech or text patterns, and so far everything is fine. The next step is what’s problematic. Namely, conversational AI also predicts people’s intent and responds with an adaptive script.

How well that part is doing we’ve seen on notable failed examples of chatbots going racistic and similar, but research is underway, so don’t give up hope!

Key Takeaways
Many more examples may come to mind but, as mentioned above, we’re not going to contribute to the trend of adding another useless "100 tips to do this or that" article you can find everywhere.
Of the app types mentioned here, some are still being perfected but all of them are quite useful and innovative. The rest you probably already know.

Author's Bio: 

Angela Ash is a professional writer and editor who focuses on topics related to business, travel and mental health.