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Apps are wonderful things to have. They help us connect, allow us to share content in the blink of an eye no matter the location of interested parties, and help us go through our days without getting bored. You can get an app for just about anything and everything; there are apps that monitor your app usage daily!

Having an app for every activity of yours is incredibly convenient. Apps provide an unmatched level of connectivity and convenience. Having as many apps as you can get on your device or computer may sound like a good idea. However, this works the opposite way in business; having too many apps can cause a negative phenomenon called app fatigue.

This phenomenon is capable of causing a lot of stress and issues in workplaces and, as such, needs to be addressed. A recent survey by Okta found that close to 7,500 businesses use at least 88 apps, with 10% of that number using 200 apps or more!

But how does this sound dangerous to businesses’ bottom lines and productivity? Read on to gain insight.

 

What Is App Fatigue?

App fatigue refers to the phenomenon of employees getting overwhelmed with apps they use for their daily tasks. In other words, apps that should increase productivity and efficiency are becoming a source of stress to employees and causing a drop in these factors. The truth is an increase in the number of apps you use for work does not directly correspond to an increase in efficiency and productivity.

We need to be sure that all those apps are adequate for the workplace and are not causing any harm to the business or the employees. It is easier and faster for consumers to decide to remove apps, but it is not the same for businesses, as there will be a lot of decision-making stages to go through. Nevertheless, non-effective apps need to be scrapped to ensure that the worker does not suffer from app fatigue.

 

What are the Effects of App Fatigue?

There are many reasons businesses should take app fatigue seriously, and here are some of them:

It causes time wasting

During work hours, the average employee has to switch or toggle between numerous apps for various work processes. These processes include sharing files and documents, taking notes, transcribing, managing projects, and video conferencing. This is called context switching, which steals a significant amount of normal productive time. This is further dependent on how many individual tasks have to be done.

 

It obstructs proper knowledge-sharing

It is common to forget the location of important digital files and documents in the work environment. This happens due to the large number of apps that are needed to complete tasks. One way to eliminate this is to use apps that encourage sharing and collaboration. This way, all files will always be accessible to every team member whenever and wherever they find themselves at a given time. Having information but not being able to use it equals not having information at all.

 

It increases stress

Working through many apps during work hours can be energy-draining and aggravation-causing. Switching between numerous apps also reduces your energy to work and causes you to get tired quickly.

 

It increases the risk of getting hacked

It can be hard enough for individuals to monitor sensitive information across twenty (20) apps and talk less of over 100 apps. This increases the potential attack surface for businesses, which in turn increases the risk of getting hacked. Having to remember many login details can prove detrimental; there is a higher risk of human error which will undoubtedly cause one or two employees to lose their guard and allow access to hackers.

 

Ways to Tackle App Fatigue in Your Office

Apart from IT and administrative staff, standard employees and employers should also pitch in to ensure all sources of productivity killers and app fatigue are eliminated. Here are some ways to tackle app fatigue in the work environment:

Bring HR and IT leaders together

Supervisors and department leaders are usually at loggerheads, but they are very vital to many business functions and processes. It is important that they come together periodically (as an agreement between themselves) and make decisions based on the happenings, complaints, and praises of the apps being used in the company. These sets of staff should also be the ones to decide which apps the company should use or discard, as they usually have access to the staff either by direct or indirect communication.

You can also bring in professional IT consultants to help with this.

 

Consider implementing an app aggregator

An app aggregator is a single app with all the features of multiple apps in one place. Imagine doing video conferencing, taking notes, transcribing voice notes, chatting, and much more on a single app. It makes cross-referencing and record-checking so much easy. Examples of app aggregators are Slack, Asana, and Basecamp. You will have to check their features to know which is suitable for your business processes.

 

Make business and personal apps distinct

Another way to reduce app fatigue is to introduce policies that maintain a distinction between personal time and work hours during work hours. For example, you can ask that personal devices are put in DND (DO Not Disturb) mode. This will reduce the temptation to pick up calls and chat during office hours. Of course, you will have to balance it by introducing a separate time for staff to use their devices.

 

Looking to Increase Productivity in Your Workplace? Look To B-Comp Services!

B-Comp Services can help your Colorado business overcome issues like app fatigue. We offer various IT services, from total IT consulting to hardware sales and services. You can look us up on our website or give us a call if you need anything of the IT variety. Do not hesitate to contact us if our services are needed.

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