More than ever, there are many businesses operating with a combination of in-0ffice and remote employees. People are interested in jobs that offer flexibility and creativity, and more and more these opportunities are in positions that can be done outside of an office. The technology available today is incredible and has created many solutions to bringing people together to get a job done.
Here are a few tech tools helping enhance communication and productivity.
Slack and Skype
Slack and Skype are both group messaging apps. The services are very popular because many people want an alternative to email. When a team needs to discuss projects it can be frustrating to attempt to communicate via a long string of emails. Slack allows users to set up channels instead of following an annoying email thread. Both services work across all devices and notifications can be customized so users can choose to only get alerts when a conversation is relevant to them.
Glint helps organizations measure employee engagement. Glint tracks engagement through an ongoing cycle of feedback from both employees and managers. Using the data analysis companies can identify opportunities, recommend action, support their employees and predict risks.
Basecamp and Teamwork
Both Basecamp and Teamwork software services offer remote teams help with meeting deadlines, tracking activity, making to-do lists and overall task management. Teamwork is a bit more complex than Basecamp, however it only takes a few uses to get an understanding of the tool. There are also built-in calendars and the ability to comment and talk with teammates without having to login to another platform. Basecamp is popular among freelancers and managers because it’s a wonderful software solution to team collaboration and communication with remote teams.
Fuze is another alternative to Slack or Skype. It offers the same experience whether on a desktop or a mobile device. Fuze can be used for messaging, voice calls, or even video conferences. It’s a great option for any business, regardless of the size of the enterprise and can be used globally, making it perfect for remote workers.
Google Drive and Dropbox
Google Drive and Dropbox allow users to store files in secure and easily accessible locations. Google Drive lets remote workers create, store, and share documents, spreadsheets, and slide presentations and can even be used for weekly metric reporting. Google Drive is also fantastic because it allows files to be synced across devices that that files can be updated and viewed by anyone on the team, anywhere they are.
Dropbox is similar and allows remote workers to sync, share, and collaborate on documents. It also allows users to share large files, such as photoshop, sketch, and powerpoint.