Technology in the workplace can do a lot to save you time, effort and mental bandwidth, and these five services are no exception…
No matter which type of work environment you find yourself in, technology can bring a ton of value to your work day.
It could be for time management, personal finances, workforce management, or maybe just something to help your personal workflow, technology can help make many aspects of work easier.
These five technologies are no exception, and are worth looking into.
1. The Mayo App
Mayo is a mobile application that allows users to ‘ask for help’ from the people in their immediate area- be it a coffee shop, store, library, etc.
Using a no-sign-in-required model, Mayo discourages the social ‘connectivity’ aspect that is traditional in most social platforms and instead focuses on connecting people in the real world for the purpose of solving tasks at hand.
Mayo’s founder Allen Chan is integrating this application into the professional co-working and university environments for helping people solve business problems and school related tasks, respectively.
If you work remotely or find yourself in a population-dense area, Mayo can help you with everything from brainstorming business solutions to borrowing a MacBook charger.
Because the Mayo app is relatively new, there is a lot of opportunity to get early-adopter value from the application.
2. All About PDF
PDFs are the cornerstone of digital documentation in the workplace.
It’s a format that is widely accepted and maintained for professionalism purposes, but for the most part, PDFs are stagnant and can pose a lot of hassle when in a time crunch.
Have you ever received a PDF and realized you have to make changes to it? Not an easy task to accomplish.
All About PDF is a PDF management software that allows you to modify PDFs in ways previously not thought possible, all on a dime’s notice.
See the screenshot below for just some of what All About PDF can do for you in the workplace.
3. Keeper Tax
Finance management is a headache for a lot of professionals, especially those in the freelance or contract working space.
Tracking receipts, invoices, costs, expenses, from every micro transaction that occurs on a daily basis is a time management nightmare that nobody has time for.
Keeper Tax is a tool for automated expense tracking with one specific purpose- to help you to get the most accurate tax report filed with the IRS.
Keeper Tax steps in as the middle man for finance management and texts you (yes, you read that right) whenever an expense is incurred on your credit/debit card.
From there, you can tell Keeper Tax if that expense should be filed as business, personal, or other.
Let’s face it, we’re on our phones almost all day anyways, so Keeper Tax is hardly an intrusive application to adopt, and the rewards of a more accurate tax filing could be surprisingly fruitful.
As for the IRS, it’s a no brainer that they like to have accurate reporting, the last thing you want to do is get audited by the government for negligent financial tracking.
Technology can improve many productive aspects of our life but it often comes with a cost.. privacy.
Between the years of 2010 and 2015, millions of email addresses were compromised through company data breaches- companies that held ‘security and privacy’ as their highest pillar of excellence.
After tools like haveibeenpwned.com became available for users to check if their email was compromised, people began to understand that technology has a lot of potential security loopholes and the one area where people fear this most, is in their finances.
Privacy.com is a website that creates a virtual credit card, which can be used one-time on any online payment gateway.
The more places you enter your credit card information online, the greater chance of it being compromised.
By using a virtual credit card (that generates a one-time key for transactions), any website that had its users information stolen, would have nothing to show for your information other than a one-time, untraceable key identifier.
By having your credit card information in one place (privacy.com), you can greatly minimize the risk of fraud online.
5. Alternative Google Searches
Although this isn’t necessarily an application, it’s important to note that there are many alternatives to Google search that can help make your workday more productive/easier.
It’s no surprise that the internet giant takes immeasurably large amounts of information about users and uses it to target them with advertisements, so for some, the opportunity to join a more privacy-focused engine is enough.
However that’s not all that other browsers can provide. Here is a short list of Google search alternatives, though there are countless others available:
DuckDuckGo: you can use text indicators such as ‘!w surfing’ to automatically search Wikipedia for ‘surfing’ right from the DDG browser.
Bing: certainly not a favorite in terms of usability, but it has unique, innovative features such as in-search video results and executable code snippets.
Qwant: a huge advocate for user privacy (doesn’t store anything about you) and also offers its own music streaming service because.. why not?
Swisscows: a family friendly (literally restricts all 18+ content) and builds a ‘semantic map’ of results, verses keyword matching.
Technology can no doubt help improve your work day in more ways than one, and it’s safe to assume that there will be even more innovative solutions in the near future.
It’s important to remember to stay secure, read the T&Cs, and don’t be afraid to try new things!