5 Tools Everyone In Industrial Relations Should Be Using

Industrial Relations is one of those interesting areas where despite very little changing legislation wise, there is always something happening in it.

As industrial relations professionals, we need to stay abreast of these changes, and developments. One of the easiest ways to do this is through the use of technology.

With this in mind, and in no particular order are 5 essential tools that I believe every industrial relations practitioner should be using.


Ever since I discovered this app in 2011, I have been a full blown convert to it, and would be lost without it. The software is useable across all platforms and devices. Something that you start on your Mac or PC can be synced with, and continued on your smartphone/tablet.

Not only are there browser plugins that will allow you to clip webpages to be stored in Evernote, there are apps that will allow you to draw free-hand, and even a smart notebook from Moleskine that has been created with Evernote in mind.

With both paid and free versions of Evernote available, it won’t cost you anything to try it out. In fact, if you follow the link IRSimplified.com.au/Evernote, and install Evernote on you computer, you will get free access to the premium version for one month.

Google Drive

As most people have a gmail account, and some businesses even using google for their mail, Google Drive is another one of those tools that once you start using it, you wonder how you lived without it.
For those who may have sensitive documents that they are a little cautious about storing on the cloud, Spideroak is what you should be looking for. Follow the linkIRSimplified.com.au/SpiderOak and you will receive an extra 1G of storage space.


This is one of those save-for-later services that allows you to save articles, etc and view them later, and have them sync’d across all of your devices. It also has the added benefit of being able to clip articles and have them added to Evernote.

Skype/Google Hangouts

Skype allows you to have voice and webcam conversations with clients or colleagues anywhere around the globe. Whilst Skype was the forerunner for this type of communication, Google Hangouts for my mind has surpassed them as the preferred way to communicate.


Despite almost everything being done electronically these days, there still seems to be the need for a signature to appear on things. This is where DocuSign comes in.

With DocuSign you can upload, sign and send a document from any device, so no more waiting to get back to the office to sign something.

Following the link below will get you a free 30 day trial for new users.

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