Tools to help businesses remain connected

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For some time now, technology has made us capable of working wherever we are in the world. Now, more than ever, businesses are relying on these technical tools to enable their businesses to remain productive, and their employees connected. As businesses have shifted towards digital channels, we look at some of the best tools available to get the most out of remote working:

 

Staying connected

While we socially distance, communication is critical. Messenger tools such as the ones below, allow teams to overcome the barrier of not being in the same physical space:

Microsoft Teams: If you are already using Microsoft products, the Microsoft Teams is a natural extension of bringing chat and meetings in a familiar environment as it provides the basic functionality of text-based messenger while incorporating video-conferencing capability. Up to 300 members are supported in the free or paid versions of Microsoft Teams.

Slack: This platform is revolutionising how remote teams communicate with the ability to sort and organise conversations into different channels. You can also share files or make calls without leaving the platform, and it can prioritise channels by muting those that are deemed less crucial. 

 

Managing productivity

For teams who are used to working closely together and sharing activity lists, project management software tools will help them work effectively while remote. These tools can help plan and synchronise employees work in an organised manner. 

Trello: Trello allows you to manage projects with boards and cards. You can use a combination of text, images, emojis or file attachment on the boards. Although Trello is based on the freemium model, you can start collaborating with co-workers with the free basic plan. 

Asana: Asana makes collaboration amongst team members easier in its intuitive task management interface. You get to track projects progress easily with Asana and the automation features allow you to set rules when assigning tasks. Instead of a cluttered interface, the design of the software is sleek and clean. 

Monday.com: Tracking of project workflow is made easier with Monday.com. This software tool features a dashboard that allows team members to organise and sort tasks that they’re working on, and they can be automatically alerted when pre-requisite tasks are completed, which ensures a continuous flow of work.

 

Document exchange platforms
For teams to work effectively together remotely, documents need to be made available amongst all members. These tools are useful for ensuring that all documents are easily accessible via a cloud:

Dropbox Paper: This platform takes a creative way of bringing creators, collaborators, and presenters into a single piece of on-screen paper. You can link and display third-party elements like Google Map, YouTube Video, or a Pinterest Pin on the blank template. A keynote on this tool is the ability to turn the notes into a decent-looking presentation instantly. 

Box: This focuses on providing top-notch secure cloud storage for sharing files amongst remote workers. It features a simple interface where you can create folders and manage all your files in one place.

Microsoft Office 365 (online version) Not only does this platform enable users to work with the desktop versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but it also features online versions of the familiar software. On top of that, you will have OneDrive, the cloud storage tool that lets you collaborate easily with team members. 

 

Many teams are also using video conferencing tools such as Zoom and Skype to hold virtual meetings and social events. We all hope that, at some point in the near future, we will be able to work closely together again. However, remote working does not have to mean completely disconnecting teams. The above-mentioned software tools are just some of the many available and we are keen to hear how other businesses 

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