Does a smartphone make your job more productive and efficient? Is it worth making the switch from a “dumb” phone? The jury is nearly unanimous. Here’s what administrative professionals say:
√ It may not be absolutely necessary, says admin Barbie, but “I love my smartphone.” She uses Evernote on her iPhone (and desktop computer) to track to-dos, and Maps to pull up restaurant and hotel information for out-of-state employees visiting the corporate office.
Tip: Try using the filters on the Instagram app to transform a mundane photo into something worthy of a PowerPoint presentation, advises Barbie.
√ Apps are a productivity boost, says admin Jet. For example, she uses the DropBox app to access documents on her smartphone no matter where she is. Other helpful on-the-go apps: sticky notes, checklists and voice memos.
√ Tracking a traveling boss is made easier with a smartphone, says admin Amy. She uses apps for flight tracking, travel arrangements and expense-account.
√ Syncing work and personal calendars on her Windows phone lets admin Michelle “see everything I have going on.” Also, she says, “It’s nice to be able to keep up with email at home and anywhere,” she says.
“My stress level went down when I got my phone. I just feel more in control of my schedule and it helps to know what my inbox looks like before I get in on Monday mornings.”
√ It’s not for everyone, says admin Robin. “It’s like I am working 24/7.”