Uncover ways to boost employee engagement with mobile apps. With an ability to deliver information in real-time regardless of an employee’s location, HR mobile apps help companies manage their workforce more effectively. Uncover ways to boost employee engagement with mobile apps.    




HR's Guide to Embracing the Power of Mobile Apps

Within our culture, cell phones have become an integral part of people’s lives. Employees of every generation are dependent upon their devices to keep them connected to people, companies and current events.

In 2015, 64 percent of American adults owned a smartphone, and the average individual checked their phone 46 times per day. These numbers were even higher for Americans ages 18-24, with 85 percent owning a smartphone and average number of “phone checks” coming in at 74.[i] [ii]

Mobile devices have influenced the American lifestyle – both personally and professionally. Within the workplace, more flexible work arrangements have increased employees’ need to access HR and business information on-the-go, which has brought to light the benefits of HR mobile apps.

Harnessing the benefits of mobile

Access Ceridian's tips on how to be successful with HR moble apps.








Mobile functionality offers a powerful mechanism for offering convenient and instant access to HR information. With an ability to deliver information in real-time regardless of an employee’s location, mobile apps help companies manage their workforce more effectively.

“HR mobile applications empower employees to do more. Applications, like Dayforce Mobile, are designed to support the way today’s businesses work – fast, streamlined and efficient. Their ability to offer on-the-go access helps increase talent efficiencies while also equipping employees to maintain work-life balance,” said James Arsenault director of strategic communications at Ceridian.

Mobile technology equips HR to streamline its main functions, including the following employee-focused programs:

Time and Attendance

Mobile apps simplify time and attendance by enabling employees to conduct HR tasks from anywhere. From the palm of their hand, employees can view schedules and timesheets, clock in and out, trade shifts, request time off and more. For managers, mobile simplifies administrative tasks with functionality for reviewing and setting schedules, approving time cards and time off requests, and messaging employees.


According to a Glassdoor survey, 90 percent of job seekers use their mobile device to look for jobs and 45 percent apply for jobs on their phones. A recruiting strategy that capitalizes on mobile functionality will help position the company as an industry leader. To provide applicants the best experience, be sure to optimize your career site and application process for mobile usage.

Employee engagement

Mobile apps are a great way to regularly check-in with employees and assess daily engagement levels. This technology enables companies to obtain real-time feedback from employees on current successes and challenges. This feedback, combined with regular engagement surveys, enables HR to get a more complete picture of key performance and retention drivers.

Employee communications

Apps can be a good replacement for more traditional means of employee communications. Mobile messaging cuts through the clutter of email and avoids remote access issues often caused by company intranets. Send employees push notifications for important company updates, as well as allow them to opt-in to receive notes on business topics of interest.

Going mobile: 4 tips for success

Dayforce Mobile and other HR apps offer functionality that helps boost employee engagement, streamline workflows and ensure coverage at all times. To successfully implement an HR mobile application, follow our five tips for success.

  1. Determine needed functionality
    Few mobile apps will be able to integrate all your HR functions. Determine the features that are most important and be sure your vendor’s app can accommodate them.
  1. Prioritize security
    HR data is confidential and must be secure at all times. Ensure your HR app meets high-level security requirements.
  1. Make it user-friendly
    There are few mobile mandates, but this is one: It must be designed for easy usage on a phone. The layout should automatically adjust to the screen size, use swipe, not scrolling, functionality, include easy-to-tap links/buttons, and have minimal text on each page.
  1. Own it and promote it
    Make the app a part of your culture by developing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies that allow employees to use their personal devices to access the HR app. Find an executive champion who will advocate for the technology and regularly use it. Promote the app to employees by emphasizing how the app will simplify tasks like checking schedules and requesting time off.


[i] Pew Research Center, U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015
[ii] Deloitte, Global Mobile Consumer Survey