With remote work becoming more prominent and accepted in today’s work culture, businesses are looking to technology to allow the same job completed in an office to also be completed from the comfort of someone’s home. Face-to-face meetings, team collaboration, supervision and the ability to ask questions on the fly can now all be done online, thanks to technology adapting to the variables of remote work. Here’s a list of 8 tools for remote work that our team uses and recommends for teams working from home.
Team collaboration tools are an efficient way to easily stay in contact with team members and customers while working remotely.
Slack is a messaging platform that allows teams to ask questions to individuals or in a group chat and the function to call team members who use the app. Slack can create channels that allow conversations to be organized by topic, project, or team member(s).
Intercom gives businesses the ability to always be accessible to potential and existing customers, even when working remotely. Intercom’s app and website integration allow teams to communicate with customers through private messages, allowing businesses to respond to potential lead inquiries in real-time while retaining customer satisfaction.
Conferencing software is a great way for businesses to conduct virtual meetings with either an internal team or with external parties while adding a human element – face-to-face conversations.
Zoom is an easy-to-use, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing. With features like video recording, screen sharing, video webinar and more, this tool is great for internal meetings as well as meetings with clients or stakeholders.
Similar to Zoom, Skype is also an effective way to host a video conference with the additional bonus of being free of charge.
Avoid the back-and-forth that can come with scheduling meetings and conveniently integrate video conferencing tools like Skype and Zoom to your meeting requests.
Calendly is an automated scheduling software that streamlines the process of booking a virtual meeting. Calendly integrates with Gmail, Outlook, Office 365 and iCloud calendars to automatically check calendar availability, simply provide a Calendly link to the individual(s) to schedule a meeting.
Transition from traditional pen and paper note-taking to an online platform that allows teams to easily share and store notes.
Evernote is an online notetaker that is convenient for teams to share meeting minutes, to-do lists and project information so everyone can stay organized and up to date.
Cloud Storage is a reliable and safe way to share documents and multimedia to either an internal team or externally if files are too large to send through email.
7) Google Drive
Google Drive is a great alternative when teams work remotely and don’t have access to a server. This cloud-based platform securely stores documents, spreadsheets, and multimedia in one easily accessible location. By using Google Drive, teams won’t have to worry whether or not they remembered to save a file on their laptop because the drive is accessible from anywhere, at any time.
Work management software is a very helpful tool that allows teams to keep their projects organized, on schedule and visible to the entire team.
8) Easy Projects
Easy Projects houses all work, project and task information and allows teams to collaborate in one convenient platform. Managers have the ability to view their teams’ progress, provide feedback or sign off on final approval. Easy Projects also helps teams with their resource management, project tracking, and generating different styles of reports to share. Conveniently integrate other work from home tools like Slack, Zoom, Intercom, Evernote, Calendly or Zoom to Easy Projects so nothing slips between the cracks.
These remote collaboration tools will help businesses with setting teams up for working from home successfully. If there are any other tools that your team finds useful for remote work, please feel free to share them in the comments below!