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Mobile apps are bolstering communication and boosting productivity in the workplace.

Intra-office communication plays a big role in a business’s ability to run smoothly and efficiently. Making sure that there are plenty of available channels through which important information can flow is key to ensuring that everyone within your organization is in-step with the business’s needs and goals.

Computers can only take this idea so far, as employees are frequently away from their desks throughout the day for meetings and calls, but mobile devices rarely leave anyone’s side. Mobile platforms for email, messaging, and scheduling have revolutionized the way we communicate in the office, allowing ideas and new initiatives to permeate the organization instantly.

What’s So Great About Apps?

According to the Pew Research Institute, more than 64% of Americans are smartphone owners, and smartphone penetration among young adults has reached 85%.

Today, millennials are the largest generation in the US workforce, and as this tech-savvy demographic continues to grow, it’s likely that the use of mobile devices in the workplace will increase significantly over the next few years. According to KPCB’s annual Internet Trends report, 45% of millennials use their phones for work and 41% download apps to aid them in their jobs.

Apps also help reduce the number of unnecessary, time-consuming meetings by allowing employees to access project information and jump on conference calls without ever having to leave their work stations. There are even apps that boost employee productivity through increased accountability and gentle reminders to remain focused on the task at hand.

By directing employees to specific apps, companies can boost productivity while making sure that everyone within the organization is on the same page. Business-specific messaging apps increase workflow and productivity, offering a direct channel for intra-office communication without the inherent distraction of more generic messaging platforms like Facebook or Google Hangouts.

Cover All the Bases

The best way to maximize the impact of apps in the workplace is to make sure they’re functional on both desktops and mobile devices.

A survey conducted by Mobile Helix showed that the average company used over 400 custom and packaged applications, 53% of which were browser accessible, but only 22% were accessible via mobile devices. Development cost was listed as the top concern limiting mobilization.

But today it’s possible to create high-quality, custom apps that are compatible across multiple platforms, all at a fraction of the traditional costs associated with development. Infinite Monkeys’ simple drag-and-drop app building platform allows people with no prior programming experience to build powerful, professional grade apps in less than 20 minutes!

So what are you waiting for? Check out the Machine to start improving communication and boosting productivity in your workplace today.