Overcoming the plague of workplace app fatigue

On average, today’s modern knowledge worker uses about 9.39 apps per day. Why? Because most of them need to use three or more apps to accomplish simple daily tasks. Think about it.

How many apps do you use a day for taking notes, submitting reports, requesting approvals? Are all those apps actually making you more effective at work or are they slowing you down? Most employees tend to agree with the latter.

It’s no secret that the workplace is overloaded with apps, and yet studies show that the app economy will continue to grow to $6.3 trillion in 2021. In fact, the enterprise app market alone will grow to $288 billion by 2024. However, organizations continue to overlook one major issue—the problem of app fatigue.

A recent survey commissioned by sheds light on the negative impact too many apps can have on the workplace, employees’ attitude toward enterprise apps, and their overall productivity. The findings from the report confirm that not only are employees frustrated by the number of apps they are forced to use at work, but often app overload makes routine tasks impossible. In fact, introducing new apps with more features meant to boost productivity and engagement can result in the exact opposite.

Enterprise apps—whether they are legacy, on-premises, or SaaS—are often hard-to-use, painstakingly slow, and disparate. It’s no surprise 41 percent of respondents in’s report stated that if important information from all their apps would appear in a single window, it would be easier to focus on work.

Sapho helps combat the problem of too many apps by bringing workflows, information, and data from multiple systems together in a single digital portal. Instead of wasting time switching between different apps and juggling individual login credentials, Sapho promotes smarter workflows and enables to organizations to deliver engaging, employee-first experiences that improve productivity.

Here are three additional stats from the report that stood out to our team at Sapho:

35 percent of respondents said they have to open multiple windows to find information and that they can’t perform routine tasks because information is too disorganized.

How Sapho helps: Sapho Employee Experience Portal uses micro apps to proactively surface personalized and relevant tasks and information from existing business systems to employees so they don’t have to spend time looking for information.

Over 40 percent of respondents say they have to switch between too many apps to complete basic tasks.

How Sapho helps: Sapho Employee Experience Portal transforms complex workflows into “green button experiences” — single-step workflows that can be completed in one click. Sapho unbundles workflows from monolithic systems of record and delivers them to a single modern portal that can be accessed from any device, intranet, or messenger.

48 percent of respondents say that apps are useful for performing certain tasks, but that they make information too disjointed.

How Sapho helps: Sapho Employee Experience Portal consolidates tasks and data from multiple systems allowing employees to easily access relevant, personalized information from any device, intranet, or messenger without requiring them to log into additional systems.

Sapho is helping to eliminate app fatigue as the only portal designed for the modern digital workplace. When employees have a single view into their tasks and important data, productivity and overall usage are guaranteed to increase. Remember, implementing more apps doesn’t solve problems, it often complicates things even more.

Ready to learn more? Read how Sapho helped CBS Interactive transform employee experience, improve application adoption, and bring value back to employees.


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