Tools & Technology

Software That Employees Love to Use

A technology platform is only effective if people use it. Employee adoption of new tools is crucial, but even more than getting your employees to simply use a product is making sure they like it. There’s nothing worse than paying for software that your employees dislike; it can create a negative perception of your business processes and slow productivity of your workforce. Leveraging the right tools empowers team members to be successful in their roles. Here are a few apps that employees love to use:

Slack

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What it does

Slack is a collaboration platform that allows company employees to communicate online about everything from project discussions to office announcements, Users create “channels” for specific topics, projects or groups, and can restrict access as needed. Users can share documents through the tool, as well as data from a long list of supported third party apps.

Why employees love it

Employees often juggle a large number of different projects and tasks, so staying organized and productive can be a challenge. Slack’s separate channels allow users to separate their workflows, while still keeping everything in a centralized hub. he software’s integrations allow for the seamless transmission of data from other sources including Salesforce, Github, and even Teampay.

Notable customers: Jet.com, SurveryMonkey, Zapier

Using this feature saves us much time and stress. File-sharing within one place, using the same integrations in one place, all of this is just awesome!

Cody Jones, Zapier

QuizGame

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What it does

QuizGame is as a training tool that gamifies employee learning. Through a series of customized games and quizzes, new employees can strengthen their knowledge of company processes, policies, and best practices.

Why employees love it

The employee training process can be information overload, with managers bombarding their teams with information, educational videos, readings, and legal policy documents. These typical trainings often become a barrier to an employee doing their actual job. QuizGame encourages employees to absorb the information they need to succeed at a new company–and makes the process fun.

Notable customers: Ford, Vodafone, YUM! Brands

It is perfect for every team member, every manager. It creates excitement. I personally love it, even when I get an answer wrong. I think that it is a great training tool in a fun way to share with every single one of your teams and create some competitive energy amongst the teams.

Damon Stanley, YUM! Brands

Justworks

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What it does

Justworks handles the back end of business, including HR, payroll, benefits, and compliance. With a range of feature sets for each of these areas, Justworks automates and simplifies processes that are overwhelming to business leaders.

Why employees love it

By simplifying complex but necessary back office processes, Justworks allows business owners to concentrate fully on running their business. The platform is user-friendly with spaces for employee tax documents, benefit elections, and timecards.

Notable customers: CreativeMornings, TodayTix, Axios

Everyone loves how easy it is… Justworks has really allowed us to scale quickly.

Kayla Brown, Axios

Airtable

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What it does

Part spreadsheet, part database, Airtable is an organization platform that allows users to edit, comment, and collaborate in real time. The fields can handle any content type, including attachments, long text notes, checkboxes, links to records in other tables, and barcodes.

Why employees love it

Individual users are able to personalize their view and arrange their work in the way that makes most sense to them. Leveraging the filtering, sorting, and grouping features, they can see information based on specific needs. They can link records between tables within the app, as wells as connect to hundreds of third party integrations. Airtable allows employees to stay organized and maximize their productivity.

Notable customers: TIME, HubSpot, Cred

It presents so many opportunities to slice and dice the data and information exactly the way that they need it. Now we can really capture all useful information as our business scales, from big picture all the way down to a granular level. I don’t know of another tool that would give us everything in one platform like Airtable does.

Caitlin Bartley, Cred

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Bonusly

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What it does

Bonusly is a recognition and rewards program that encourages employees to applaud their peers. Employees receive a monthly allowance to recognize their colleagues’ contributions with a small bonuses, which the recognized employee can put towards gift cards, donations, or other prizes. Each shout-out is displayed in a public feed so that everyone can see the important work happening across the team.

Why employees love it

By engaging employees and encouraging peer recognition, Bonusly helps develop a helpful company culture. The public recognitions are both motivational and inspirational, and employees enjoy receiving rewards bonuses from their colleagues.

Notable customers: Oracle, Hulu, Chobani

Bonusly has transformed the way we activate peer-to-peer recognition at Chobani. The program has brought our amazingly diverse company together behind a common goals of real-time acknowledgment and fostered a genuine spirit of recognition in all that we do.

Grace Zuncic, Chobani

Carta

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What it does

Carta (formerly eShares) is an ownership and equity management platform that helps private companies, public companies, investors, and employees manage their cap tables, valuations, portfolio investments, and equity plans.

Why employees love it

Carta makes ownership management easy with a user-friendly interface and intuitive navigation. The software simplifies complex tasks, such as calculating stock option compensation expense for financial reporting purposes and obtaining affordable 409a valuations.

Notable customers: SquareSpace, Casper, Robinhood

Carta can easily handle all of our all cap table management needs. User interface is very intuitive and easy to navigate. Accessing data is fairly straightforward. Issuing option grants to employees is a breeze; fill out the information on a downloadable template and import it directly to Carta. Carta also offers 409a valuations.

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Shopify Plus

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What it does

Shopify Plus is a mutlichannel ecommerce platform that is easily scalable for business growth. Customers can automate campaigns and sales; customize their storefronts and backend systems; and add, update, and manage products.

Why employees love it

Businesses can launch sales channels both online and off, in multiple currencies, languages, and geographies, which makes Shopify Plus uniquely scalable for growing businesses. The software integrates with all major enterprise ecommerce platforms, as well as thousands of additional third party apps. Shopify Plus has a team of agency and technology partners to help with these connections and other issues, so users’ IT teams don’t have to add anything to their to-do list.

Notable customers: Leesa, Nestle, Rececca Minkoff

What we loved about Shopify Plus is how easy it is for everyone in the organization to interact with the platform. It’s a lot less complicated and geared toward mobile-first enterprise ecommerce with social and mobile payments built right in.

Uri Minkoff, Rebecca Minkoff

Teampay

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What it does

Teampay empowers employees to request, approve and track spending in real-time. All transactions are pre-approved and pre-coded, so companies can maintain control of spend. The software integrates with companies’ existing ERP to eliminate the manual labor that used to go into closing the books.

Why employees love it

Teampay turns the traditional purchasing process on its head by establishing upfront approvals on card spend. The software integrates with employees’ existing workflows, which eliminates the need to go back and fill out an expense report. Without follow up paperwork, actually making the purchase is the last step in the purchasing process. This empowers employees to buy what they need and get back to doing their jobs.

Notable customers: Goop, Consensys, RiskIQ

Our approvers are in love with Teampay. Their approval time has been reduced to seconds! The accounting team has been able to save a significant amount of time on transaction entry, the transactions appear pre-approved, pre-coded in Intacct when we sync them and no additional work is needed. It’s like magic!

Masha Murphy, RiskIQ