Posted on 6 July, 2017  |  2 min

Running a small business means you have to be a multi-tasking superstar, every day. It can be easy to lose sight of your most important business assets, they are not your data, products or your intellectual property…they’re people. Find out below about the best cloud based apps. 

Investing in your employees is one of the best ways to ensure the health and growth of your business. Just by better knowing your people and their expertise, your business can find hidden potential.

It’s great to know that technology can help you find easier ways to manage and track your people. Apps like Deputy, When I Work and Bamboo HR can help streamline the management of your team.

The team at 9 Spokes is already doing that work for you. We understand every small business is unique, so we work closely with industry experts to select and recommend the best apps that will add value to your business. For starters, cloud-based apps are a great way to manage and communicate with your people. You can also use your 9 Spokes business dashboard across your business, to help your employees feel valued, which will in turn incentivise them to work harder and smarter.

Through 9 Spokes, sign up to the best cloud-based apps to efficiently manage, automate, and streamline HR-related tasks such as payroll, recruiting, compliance, and benefits. We recommend Deputy, software that simplifies rostering, timesheets, KPI's, tasking and other employee communication. Deputy can also connect to your favourite accounting and point of sale (POS) software , like QuickBooks Online and Vend. Apps also provide cloud storage so you don't need to save things to your computer.

You can also connect to When I Work through the 9 Spokes dashboard. When I Work was built to serve scheduling and communication needs of workplaces across a wide range of industries—from coffee shops to restaurants to customer service departments to many other types of workplaces.

One of our favourite HR apps, we use internally is BambooHR, and our Operations Support Manager, Maeve, uses it to help engage the office and manage HR functions.

9 Spokes employees say they find BambooHR user-friendly, easy to navigate, and appreciate that it has so much accessible information. “The biggest benefit for us is that you can see everyone in one place on the interactive organisational chart, and you also track everyone’s leave and time away,” Maeve says. At 9 Spokes, Maeve also programmes BambooHR to automatically send all employees an email when someone new is hired (we also include some fun facts about the new employees too), and notifies employees when birthdays are coming up. Everyone feels more connected in the business because they know what’s going on.

If you need to bring new talent onto your team, BambooHR offers an end-to-end system, from recruitment to on boarding. BambooHR ensures that your people won't fall through the cracks, and saves you time by keeping track of their paperwork. You don’t have to follow up on your employees; BambooHR takes them through all the on boarding steps online and helps the new joiner feel like part of the team.

When it comes time for employee reviews, managers can work with employees to set goals in the app, and BambooHR has features that make self-assessment and manager-assessment a breeze.

Using cloud-based software also allows you and your employees the freedom to potentially work from anywhere. Everyone has more freedom if a personal emergency comes up and time off from work is unrealistic. Since you can access your apps and the 9 Spokes dashboard from anywhere, there is more flexibility and everyone can achieve a greater work/life balance.  

Technology enables business owners to check in regularly with their team, and can take care of the tedious time-consuming administrative tasks. Sign-up for the 9 Spokes smart dashboard and get access to the best cloud-based apps to manage your people with ease.