Years ago, remote working was considered as a customer service position at below minimum wage, but with the trends changing, it is becoming a full-time career. Technology is making us capable of getting the same job done wherever we are in the world. People all across the globe are trying to adapt to this technology. Businesses are trying to get into this to keep up with the changing need of their employees and to adapt to talent from parts of the world.
Here’s a comprehensive list to keep you equipped, productive, and safe during this Covid-19 critical period.
Skype is a traditional and probably the most used professional chatting and instant messaging application. It is widely used by small and large businesses all across the globe for effective communication with their employees – in-office and remote with the video chat, voice calls, instant messaging, and more.
Zoom Video Conferencing
Let’s have a chat! With the help of a Zoom Video Conferencing, you can talk about tasks that need more explanation; furthermore, you can do screen shares to show the person sitting on the other end how to do something.
You can also host webinars or bigger team meetings. You can set up invitation-only meetings, so only those will be able to access the video conference, who had been invited. This means that you would not be interrupted by random calls, as this app is tailored for serious meetings.
“If you don’t pay attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” —David Allen
Slack is an incredibly popular communication tool that combines text, video and audio chat features into one convertible feature.
Conversations can be organized into channels based on the team members, projects, or anything else that are pertinent to your organization and team members can leave or join said channels at any point of time – unlike lengthy email chains.
Slack also has a searchable history feature that allows users to easily find the past chats and shared information in a less period of time. Speaking of shared information, this communication app will even let you share documents like the images, videos, and PDFs.
Slack is one of the most powerful communication tools and worthy of the constant praise it gets.
View all of your company projects in one glance, with this easy to use the system. Trello is a visually optimized collaboration tool, utilizing kanban board lists, and cards to organize and prioritize projects. Butler, a built-in workflow automation software, increases productivity by performing functions on your behalf and detecting inefficiencies. Help your team management by keeping everyone on the task, even at a distance.
Asana is another popular project management app. It is not as simple to use, but it does have more features that remote workers may appreciate.
Asana offers its users multiple ways to view projects. There is the “Board” view, which are essentially the same things as Trello. But there is also the “List” view, which lists out each task to be completed for a specific project, the “Timeline” view, which helps to illustrate the relationship between the tasks and the “Calendar” view, which shows tasks overlaid onto a traditional calendar.
One Asana feature that we love is its project templates. Basically, Asana has mapped out some of the standard workflows for the purpose of IT, HR, Marketing, design, and some other departments. All users have to do is input information for their own projects and follow the predetermined process.
“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” —Stephen Covey
If you are new to the remote working, there is a chance your company has not yet transferred to paperless. Google Drive is a cloud-based file management tool that allows your team to access and create files online.
Google Drive allows your team to create spreadsheets, documents, presentations, forms, and much more. It is simple to use and a change that will greatly benefit your team efficiency whilst saving all of that paper in the long run.
Dropbox started out as a simple file hosting service. Over the years, it has become a popular cloud-based solution for backing up files. Use Dropbox to make sure that all your documents that are stored in different devices are always up to date.
WFHGo is a powerful time tracking tool which is being used by large organizations as well as a small business to monitor their employees’ work.
WFHGo ensures that your remote team works efficiently with tons of advanced features, like:
· Time tracking & Screenshots
· Web and app monitoring
· Attendance tracking
· Daily work start & stop time, with a punch in and punch out feature
That is it! We have walked through some of the most useful productivity tools, which will make your work more efficient to reach both the personal and business goals at the time of Covid-19.