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10 Software Tools To Hack Your Human Efficiency

10 Software Tools To Hack Your Human Efficiency

Managing day-to-day tasks can be burdensome and slow down your ability to actually get tasks done. Whether you are a CEO of a small company or an HR manager of a large company, these tools can be very helpful.

1. Google Calendar

This may seem like a no-brainer, but many HR personnel do not know that Google offers free calendar services, and these calendars can be shared with various email addresses. This is an inexpensive HR software tool to keep employees up to date on various meetings and happenings around the company.

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2. EmpXTrack

Web based software is the future. The costs are low, they are constantly updated, and very easy to use. There is no longer a need for in house support staff, because the companies that supply this software have 24-hour support teams to help.

3. HR360

This should absolutely be in the bookmarks of anyone in an HR department. There are simply way too many free tools available on this website for it not to be. From health care forms to discipline and termination tools, this site provides some great free resources, as well as paid products.

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4. Labor Time Tracker

If you are in the manufacturing industry, service industry, or any other industry that needs to track time, Labor Time Tracker is a tool for you. In this digital age, old school time cards are a thing of the past.

5. Do.com

This is an extremely helpful task management software for large companies. You can create to-do list and see progress on certain tasks of all your employees. The greatest benefit of this task management software is the chat function. You can chat with your salesperson about task specific topics across the country or around the world all from your desktop.

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6. TribeHR

This tool can put all of your HR tasks into the digital age. Most companies still use written RTOs, which can get lost or thrown away by accident; TribeHR solves this issue. You can manage time-off requests, recruit new employees and even run employee performance evaluations with ease and from the convenience of remote workspaces. This is a great tool for any company with HR needs or companies with employees on the go.

7. Trello

Again, in this digital age it is important to keep visual notes. Most companies used to have a cork board where all employees could see notes and give their input. Trello brings that same concept to the web. This way, your employees who may not be in the office are up to date on the happenings within the organization and can give suggestions or comments.

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8. UltiPro

Aimed at medium to large companies, UltiPro is the latest and greatest in computerized personnel management. With a clean UI and easy to integrate software, this is a must have for companies with a large amount of employees.

9. JobDiva

On the hiring and recruiting side of things, JobDiva is the software to have. They have patented methods of searching through resumes, such as the feature “Resume Search for Skills By Years of Experience”. This makes sorting through resumes that the program pulls from various job boards very easy and saves hiring managers a lot of time.

10. Customized software

HR software that is tailored to your specific needs obviously trumps any other software on the market. Software companies will come in, interview your HR department and tailor the program to their certain need. The downside of this is the cost, because customized software can be too expensive for small firms to pay to develop, but if you are a large company that can handle the expense, it is definitely a great investment.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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